SSAFA commemorates the First World War

Patrick Mcgrechan

Stories from the First World War

Patrick Mcgrechan

Caroline Murphy, SSAFA volunteer, shared the story of her great-grandfathers with us:

Lance Corporal Patrick Mcgrechan"Two of my great-grandfathers served in the First World War. My paternal great-grandfather John Perkins was gassed at Ypres but returned home to live out a happy and peaceful life. Sadly, my maternal great-grandfather Patrick was killed in action at Arras on 25 March 1918, at just 23 years old. His son, my grandfather, was two years old when he died. I like to think that perhaps he, my great-grandmother Annie and great Aunt may well have been supported by SSAFA in Glasgow where they lived. My grandfather (Patrick's son) went on to serve in the Army himself, throughout the Second World War, thankfully despite "a fair bit of action" he returned home safe and pretty much sound. We will never forget Patrick or his sacrifice. Many of us (his family) have visited the Arras Memorial in Pas de Calais in France, where his name can be found amongst the many others and we made sure to buy one of the poppy's at the Tower in his name. I hope he would be pleased to know I do my small bit to continue to help other serving people and their families in his memory through my work and volunteering with SSAFA. (I am a Forcesline adviser and a volunteer case worker for London north east branch)."