Patrick was born in Wolverhampton in 1880, the son of Michael and Frances Egan. Patrick’s father had died by 1901, when they were living at 7 Lawyers Field, North Street, Wolverhampton, along with Patrick’s sister, Margaret. Patrick was a general labourer.
On 1 September 1914, Patrick enlisted with the 3rd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 10128). However, on 25 September, a mere 25 days later, he was discharged as he was “Not likely to become an efficient soldier (Med. grounds).” His pension records stated that he had “Tubercle of Lungs”, with both lungs affected. The record also noted that he later died on 19 December 1914. Whilst Patrick does not appear on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, he is remembered on the Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, presumably because he did enlist on the outbreak of war, so was willing to serve his country.