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On 10 February 2021 it will be 76 years since Gunner Patrick O'Rourke died on 10 February 1945 aged 24 during operations at Maasbracht - Brachterbeek in the Netherlands. Patrick is buried at Nederweert War Cemetery in Holland.

I was recently contacted by Mr Erik Ficken who resides nearby and whose family have adopted the grave of Gunner O'Rourke in order to remember his sacrifice in liberating their village. Erik wanted to contact the Family to keep them informed about the grave and to let them know of the gratitude in their village that still exists for all those who died in enabling their liberation.

Erik also contacted the Town Hall in St. Helens where Gunner O'Rourke was from who referred him to the Local History Society in St. Helens and the Friends of St. Helens Cemetery. Messages were placed on social media and in local periodicals and I am pleased to say very quickly family members responded. Ray Edwards, a nephew, has now provided us with photos of Gunner O'Rourke which are in our Gallery here:

Erik additionally pointed out that there was a transcription error of the date of death on the CWGC record, and subsequently on our own, which showed the 19th rather than the 10th. All the other CWGC records and the headstone show the correct date. I have amended ours already and have alerted the CWGC to this error.

Our ROH entry is here:

I would like to thank Mr Ficken, his Family, and all those who remember the sacrifice of Gunner O'Rourke and so many others.

Pete Rogers, son of LSgt Joe Rogers MM & nephew of TSM Ken McAllister. Both No2 Commando.
God and the Soldier, all men adore, In time of danger and not before.
When the danger is passed and all things righted, God is forgotten, and the Soldier slighted.

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