Able Seaman William James Joseph Fitzpatrick (C/JX 192062) served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. He was the eldest son of William Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick of 2 Hillview Street, Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim.
He died on 8th November 1942 aged 22 years old. At the time, he served on HMS Walney. The former American Coast Guard Cutter took part in Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa. During the bombardment of Oran, it crashed through the harbour boom. It then came under heavy fire from coastal defence batteries.
The American-built ship sustained heavy damage. It exploded 6 hours later after Captain Frederick Peters gave the order to abandon.
William James Joseph Fitzpatrick has no known grave. His name is on Column 54, Panel 1 of the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, United Kingdom.