Pte Patrick Owens

Co. Tyrone

early life

Patrick Owens was a son of Mrs. Margret Owens of Mount Royal, Tullagh, Cookstown. He was born at Lisbellaw, County Fermanagh, but later moved with his family to Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.

Military Life

Owens enlisted for the Amry at Enniskilen with the Connaught Rangers. This unit was formd during the army's reorganization in 1881, by merging the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) and the 94th Regiment of Foot into anew two-battalion unit. 

But later we find that he transfered to the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the regiment raised six battalions for the First World War, in which it won three Victoria Crosses and fought in the Gallipoli and Palestine as well as the Western Front. They were more commonly known as "The Blue Caps" and "The Dubs".

Owens was a Private who's service number was: 22096.

Military Death

Owens died from his wounds on the 23rd of October 1916, he was laid to rest in the Loughueval Cementary, Somme. Loughueval is a village in the Department of the Somme, 11 kilometers east of Albert.

Longueval Cementary

Longueval was the scene of furious fighting in 1916, lasting from 14 to 29 July, when the village was cleared by the 5th Division. It was lost in March 1918, and retaken by the 38th (Welsh) Division and the Carabineers on 28 August 1918. Longueval Road Cemetery was begun in September 1915, near a dressing stations known as "Longueval Alley", or "Longueval Water Point". It was used until January 1917, but further burials were made in August and September 1918.At the Armistice, the cemetery contained 171 graves and others were brought in from a wide area round Longueval in 1923-24. Longueval Road Cemetery now contains 222 burials and commemorations of the First World War, 48 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to three soldiers known or believed to be buried among them. There is also one German burial in the cemetery.  

23rd of October 1916

On the Western Front the British advance towards Le Transloy and capture 1,000 yards of enemy trenches. The weather begins to break and an aeroplane raid on Margate is possible. On the Eastern Front in Predeal Pass (southern Transylvania)the Romanians reverse, and lose many of their prisoners. The Battle in Halicz dies down and Germans claim total repulse of Russians from west bank of Narajowka. 

Cookstown war memorial

Cookstown War Memorial is located in the centre of William Street. Over 1000 men from Cookstown and district had answered the call of duty. The names of 120 of the fallen are inscribed on the Cenotaph. It is built of silver grey granite from the Moore quarry, Newry, and stands, 17 feet (5.3m) high, on a granite base 9 feet 9 inches (3.1m) by 7 feet 3 inches, (2.3m) which is surrounded by a concrete step, 14 feet (4.25m) by 12 feet (3.9m).  Panels bearing the names of the fallen in relief, one on the east and one on the west side, are of Castleduff limestone. The tablets are illuminated at night by two flambeaux electrically lighted, and on the narrow sides of the cenotaph are wreaths, with the dates of the commencement and conclusion of the great war. The south side bears the inscription,
 “Our glorious dead." On the panels facing east and west is inscribed:- "In grateful memory of the men from Cookstown and district who in the great war gave their lives for freedom.”

ABout me

Just a quick video explaining what 'my Adopted Soldier' is

Who am I?

Hello, my name is Dervla Power, I'm 17 years old and currently studying my a-levels in St Catherine's College. When my history teacher told me about this project I couldn't wait to become apart of it. As I'm representing County Tyrone I will share a few facts about the great county.
  • Tyrone is the largest county in Northern Ireland.
  • The Nobel-winning poet Seamus Heaney, ultimately one on Ireland's greatest treasures grew up on the edge of the Sperrins of Tyrone.
  • The county is enriched with prehistoric and Celtic remains and neolithic sites include stone circles.

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

Jawaharlal Nehru.

Our adventure to the Somme Region will begin on the 29th of June, but even before we make it to France we will have to amazing opportunity to meet the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. When reaching the Somme we will visit the graves of fallen soldiers from the 32 counties of Ireland. We will pay our respects, through music and the laying down of soil that the students take from their county. We will also be partaking in numerous activities, visiting the EU Parliament, tours of the regions, visiting museums and important monuments.

Collins Barracks Museum 07/03/2015

Myself, the 31 other students of the project and the people who made this opportunity a reality.