Richard George Patton

Rifleman Richard George Patton from Co. Armagh died of wounds inflicted on 9th June 1944 during fighting outside the village of Cambes in Normandy, France.

Rifleman Richard George Patton (6979411) served in 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during World War Two. Born in Co. Armagh, he served in A Company during the Normandy campaign.

On enlisting in the British Army, he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Later, he joined Royal Ulster Rifles before their now famous involvement in the Battle of Normandy.

General Montgomery inspects the Royal Ulster Rifles

Imperial War Museum Photo: H 38645 (Part of the War Office Second World War Official Collection). General Sir Bernard Montgomery standing on the bonnet of a jeep speaking to troops of 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, after carrying out an inspection of the battalion near Portsmouth in the run-up to D-Day.

On 9th June 1944, three days after landing on D-Day at Sword Beach, Normandy, Richard George Patton died in Cambes. He suffered fatal wounds from shrapnel during the battle to take the woods near the village.

Richard George Patton’s grave is in Row G, Grave 4 of Cambes-en-Pleine Cemetery, Cambes, Normandy, France.