Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name / Enw: White, Patrick Francis
Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Navy (RFR/CH/815741.).S.S. "Ruahine."
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Able Seaman SS1476
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Chatham Naval Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 28
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of Heart Failure 5th September 1918
I found this serviceman on the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project Webpage, but cannot see any connection to this area, unless his wife or children proves to be the connection. see the Commonwealth War Graves Certificate. – Additional Information:Son of John and Sarah White, of Warrenpoint, Co. Down; husband of Mary Teresa White, of 26, Rhyl St., Bootle, Liverpool.
I found the inscription in the Hawarden Monumental Inscriptions book:-
TDI in line with TB5 (Capt. Coppack etc.) Black Granite headstone.”In loving memory of Mary Teresa WHITE died 1st April 1972 aged 86, also Patrick Francis husband of above, lost at sea 5th Sept 1918 age 32. Also their dear son John Patrick died April 23rd 1977 age 63.
Note:- CWGC website search reveals Patrick Francis WHITE was a Able Seaman, R.N. , Unit (RFR/CH/815741) S.S. “Ruahine,” Service No. SS1476, the s/o John & Sarah WHITE of Warrenpoint, Co. Down and the husband of Mary Teresa WHITE of 26, Rhyl St., Bootle, Liverpool. He has no known grave but is officially commemorated by the CWGC on the Chatham Memorial (Ref 28)
Is this Mary Teresa’s burial with a clerical error by the Vicar – Hawarden Burials – No 251 Mary Jane WHITE, Shotton, 7th April 1972 (Churchyard non Conformist).
So I started on the search to prove that Patrick was connected somehow to Hawarden or it’s districts as he was remembered on a gravestone, which was to indicate that his wife and son were living around the district to be buried in Hawarden. If this was the case he needed to be added to the plaque.
Patrick Francis White in the UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 tells us that he was born on the 29th December 1885 at Warrenpoint, Co. Down. He died on the 5th Sept 1918 age 32 and his widow was Mary, , Rhyl St., Bootle, Liverpool.
Patrick Francis White in the UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 gives the same information, but adds that he died from a disease, and was buried at sea.
Patrick Francis White in the UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947 again tells us the same information, but that his “disease” was Heart Failure.
Patrick Francis White in the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 – WHITE, Patrick Francis of 26, Rhyl Street, Bootle, Liverpool died 5th September 1918 at sea. Administration Liverpool 8th February to Mary Teresa WHITE, Widow, Effects £108 12s 1d.
Patrick Francis White in the UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 tells us that his death was notified on the 22nd September 1918 and the relative informed was his wife Mary.
Patrick Francis White in the UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services, 1853-1928
Name: Patrick Francis White gives a description of Patrick, Description :-
Height – 5 feet 6 inches, Chest Measurement 33 and ½ inches.
Hair – D. Brown.
Eyes – Hazel
Complexion – Fresh
Wounds, scars, Marks etc. – Large scar left groin.
Occupation – Labourer – Matchworks.**
** Would this be how he met Mary Teresa Dunne, as the whole family in 1939 were working with Tobacco. http://www.liverpoolpicturebook.com/2015/08/merseysides-industries-part-one.html
I asked for help on the Army Forum and “little bob” sent me the family on the 1939 Register.:-
1939 Register (Find my Past.)
Kathleen BURROWS (WHITE) 2nd October 1914 Tobacco Case Maker, Single Sch 18 Sub No. 2 Married 27th February 1947
Mary Teresa WHITE 29th August 1886 Unpaid Servant Married Widowed Sub No. 1 ZNA Married 24th October 1951
Teresa GLENDENNING (WHITE) 23rd July 1916 Tobacco Wood Machinist. Single Sub No 3 Married 12th January 1948.
Patrick F. WHITE 2nd October 1918 Male Rubber Boot Clipper Single Sub No.4
Deaths Jun 1977 – WHITE John Patrick 21AU1913 Alyn/D Side Vol 24 Page 33
Many thanks to “Little Bob” of the Army Forum.
I found that Patrick and Mary Teresa had 4 children and they were all born in Bootle. :-
Births Dec 1911 White Kathleen F Dunne W.Derby 8b 667
Births Sep 1913 White John P Dunne W Derby 8b 730
Births Sep 1916 White Teresa Dunne W. Derby 8b 618
Births Dec 1918 White Patrick F Dunns W.Derby 8b 505
I found a marriage in the North Wales Marriage indexes for the years: 1910
WHITE Patrick F DUNNE Mary T Dolgellau, Civil Marriage Gwynedd (Caernarfon) DOL/20/E66
I found Patrick living at 35, Breland St., Bootle-cum-Linacre, Lancashire on the 1901 census in the household of Joseph Wilson (sic), 31, a Fireman at Sea (this entry was crossed off as he must have been away.) his wife Mary Wilkinson, 30 and daughter Catherine, age 21. It looks as though Mary Wilkinson was the sister of 4 boarders, William WHITE, 20, a Dock Labourer, Richard J, WHITE 17, Patrick WHITE, 15 a Matchmaker* and Alexander, WHITE 13 a Shoemaker (Boots), the WHITE boys were all described as Brothers-in-Law and they had all been born in Ireland except Catherine who had been born in Liverpool.
*This confirms the details on the naval details above.
I also found 2 marriages, possibly of Kathleen Frances White and a William Q Burrows (Haw/18/40) and Teresa White and an Ernest H. Glendenning (Haw/18/108), which may be the catalyst we need to make the family connected to Hawarden and it’s Parishes. However, they were civil marriages and therefore I would again need to buy the certificates to confirm or deny.
I wrote to the Registrar to ask if they could help me connect the marriages and the family to Hawarden and this is their reply, many thanks to them.
The two ladies have the same father Patrick Francis WHITE but Kathleen lived at 10 Sandy lane Saltney Ferry and Theresa lived at 8 Sandy Lane Saltney Ferry
Hope this is of help to you
Registrar | Cofrestrydd – Flintshire Registration Service, Llwynegrin Hall, Mold CH7 6NR | Gwasanaeth Gofrestru Sir y Fflint, Plas Llwynegrin, Yr Wyddgrug CH7 6NR
So it appears that the two sisters lived next to each other before their marriages and at last we have the connection to Hawarden.