Patrick G R Daniel 1928-1943
Gordon Reuben Daniel was born and raised in the Crookes area on the
west side of Sheffield, Yorkshire on Sunday 25th March 1928. He was
the son of Fred, who worked in a toy shop and Eunice Daniel (Clarke).
Patrick had a brother.. Fred who was ten years younger.
Young Patrick should have benefited greatly when he joined the Royal Marine Band at Howstrake Camp near Douglas on the Isle of Man. It was originally a Holiday Camp, where families went for their summer break to get away from it all, before it was commandeered for use as the Royal Naval School of Music.
Band Boy Patrick Daniel had only just turned fifteen when he sadly lost his life on 12th May 1943 while he was stationed at the camp. Surrounding Howstrake Camp at Lackabury Gully were quite high, craggy rocks above the sea, he sustained a fracture of his skull as he fell to his death when he was climbing the cliff searching for sea gull eggs.. a luxury foodstuff for the boys at the time.. Thereafter that pastime was strictly forbidden.. but many of the boys totally ignored the prohibition.
whole of the camp attended Patrick’s funeral, which was held with
full military honours at the nearby Douglas Cemetery. Some local people
at the side of the road were openly crying as the cortège slowly
passed the Salvation Army canteen, where the boys frequented on their
run ashore. His grave is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,
Block N.F. Grave 41.
NOT JUST TO-DAY BUT EVERY DAY IN SILENCE WE REMEMBER. AT REST