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Pte. Patrick Melley, Inniskilling Fusiliers

P. J. Clarke

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A grandson asked me to try and find some info on this soldier. I know you will help, as you have been magnificent on other occasions that I sent a query in. A medal index card with a Patrick Melly name and an Inniskilling Fusiliers number --8786-- is all that I could find. I understand that he was terribly shell-shocked when he came home and lived in Ballina, but the residents where he lived are now all dead so no info on him. The census of 1911 for Sligo says there was a Patrick Melley living in this county and was married. I think it is a Donegal name as I have found it mentioned on several geneolgy sites. Thanks and best wishes.

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The Patrick Melley you have the MIC for was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. He was a Corporal and was born in Ballyshannon.

He enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Ballyshannon. He was serving with 87th Coy, Machine Gun Corps at the time of his death (Cpl 21391).

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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Ireland's Memorial Records:

MELLEY, Patrick. Reg No 21391. Rank: Corporal, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 1st Battalion. Formerly Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers ; killed in action, France, July 1 1916; born Ballyshannon, County Donegal.

In the 1911 census he was serving as a Private with 1st Bttn, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Hong Kong. He was 27 and single.

He gave his birthplace as Knimercsmint (?), Ballyshannon, Donegal

I think this is him in 1901:

Meenagowan, Lettermacaward, Donegal, Ireland

Head: Pat Melley 50 Farmer

Annie 46 wife

Sarah 19 daughter

Patrick 17 son

Mary 16 daughter

Connell 14 son

John 10 son

Annie 8 daughter

All were born in Co Donegal, spoke Irish and English and all were Roman Catholic.

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Hi: I have come into another piece of information which states that a Patrick Malley, No. 8293, Connaught Rangers and No. 315704, Sapper Royal Engineers, could be the person I'm looking for. Thanks for previous viewing and replies.

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Assuming he was already in the Army when war was declared, I have found a Patrick Malley in the Connaught Rangers (Special Reserve). He was born in Westport, Co Mayo. He was a Blacksmith and enlisted in January 1913.

Do you think he could be your man?


No this isn't him, this chap never went until 11th September.

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