Prt. P. O'Rourke

(S/N 1438623)

Gnr. Patrick O’Rourke, formerly of the Royal Artillery, served with No.3 Troop of No.6 Commando.

Gnr. Patrick O’Rourke was Killed In Action (KIA) on 10th February 1945, aged 24 years, when a German patrol rolled hand grenades into a slit trench that he was occupying killing him instantly.  This action left L/Sgt. Frederick Rhead with severe shrapnel injuries which unfortunately left him severely disabled.

Patrick was the son of Edward and Elizabeth O'Rourke, of St. Helen , Lancashire . He was laid to rest in Nederweert War Cemetery (Limburg , Netherlands). Grave IV.E.8

Picture courtesy of Albert Last