Tuesday, March 23, 1920
St. Helens Lancashire
Saturday, February 10, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Gunner Patrick O'Rourke, from St Helens, Lancashire, died of wounds during operations in Holland [1a][1b].
He was the son of working class Irish immigrants from Dublin .
January 1939 attested into the Royal Artillery aged 18 [3a].
24 November 1943 posted Royal Artillery (Field) .
6 April 1944 became a member of the Old Comrades Association of the Special Service Brigade at Achnacarry .
22 June 1944 (No.6 Commando) wounded in Normandy, France .
10 February 1945 (No.6 Commando) wounded again in Holland, this time fatally [1b].
At the time of his death his Commando were engaged in operations in the area of Bell Island (Osen), Brachterbeek, Holland .
[1a] Royal Artillery Casualty Card.
[1b] Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/88.
 [Image] Ray Edwards (nephew).
 Royal Artillery Attestation Records.
[3a] Army Form B271A.
 Membership Card in CVA Gallery (see notes).
 Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
 1 Cdo. Bde. HQ War Diary January 1945.
 Recruits passing out from their Commando Course at the CBTC were encouraged to join the new Association set up by the Commandant Lt Col Vaughan. Gnr. O'Rourke's membership card is signed by Capt. Sharples, CBTC Admin Officer.
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