Patrick Waters

Patrick Water, medal card

Roll gives this man born Duncannon, 20 Jan circa aged 35 so circa 1879. From Bunclody (Wexford) on Keogh's notes, and a labourer before enlisting on Casements notes. Mahony has him as P.Waters, Royal Irish.

1879 Brigade Roll Book gives Patrick Waters born Duncannon, 20 Jan circa aged 35 so circa 1879

1901 census at Battlestown, Rathroe, Wexford (2 miles from Duncannon) which ties with his own statement in 1915

1902 enlisted. From service number he joined up about December 1902

1911 census. Only the remains of the family are still at Battlestown, Rathroe, Wexford

1914 Aug 13 Landed in France

1914 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig

1915 Oct 25. In answer to a question, gave his Ireland address as Battlestown, Arthurstown, Wexford. This is 3.5 miles east of Duncannon

1915 Nov. McDonagh had a fight with Waters (one or both were apparently drunk). McDonagh hit Waters on the chin, the result being that Waters was in hospital for 6 weeks. McDonagh was court-martialed by the Irish NCOs and sentenced to 2 years prison. McDonagh claims there was constant fighting among the men.

1915 Dec. Did not volunteer for service in Egypt

1916 at Danzig. A escaped Russian prisoner reported "Parcels came for these men from England and America. One parcel had on it "Yorkshire Regiment" and one man informant remembers was Water or Waters or something similar. "

1918 Nov . O'Toole when he was debriefed gives a list of men whom he says left Danzig camp soon after the armistice, insisting on going to a POW camp in order to be transported home. He appears on O'Toole's list. In O'Toole's debrief he says that Waters was "mentally deficient"

Recruits to Irish Brigade