1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
to -Ply. 15529 Pte. P. Garvey, R.M.L.I. (on all).
A terrible and very poignant story –
Pte. Patrick Garvey was born in Oldham in 1893, a shoemaker by trade, and enlisted into the Royal Marines in Jan. 1912.
He was serving on HMS Albion during the naval attacks preliminary to the Gallipoli campaign and on 18th March 1915 she was part of the huge naval assault on the Dardanelles forts.
The attack was, famously, a failure and many allied warships were badly hit by Turkish gunfire.
Garvey was very seriously wounded by this fire, with wounds to the head and jaw. More significantly he was so badly wounded that both his arms were amputated.
Not surprisingly, he was discharged immediately and left naval service.
In 1916, he married (so he would have had some personal assistance) and he fathered three children (one of whom had died by 1927) but in 1926 he was separated, his wife claiming cruelty, and from his meagre pension of £1.5s and £1 allowance per week, had to pay maintenance of £1 per week.
It is appalling to imagine what his life would have been like and what difficulties he would face on a day-to-day basis: simple tasks, like eating, dressing and toilet would have been so difficult, let alone any chance of earning a living.
It is something of a relief to note that certainly by 1939 he was accommod- ated in one of the “East Lancashire Homes” in Park Lane, Kensal. This was one of five homes for disabled veterans established by a postwar local charity in the north of England. We believe that the home he lived in still functions – the last survivor of the group – and is still a veteran’s home.
Garvey died in 1966, still in the home, after what must have been at times an almost impossibly difficult life.
Medals nicely mounted for display and in NEF condition but glue marks to reverse of Victory Medal from mounting.