He joined the 82nd Regiment of Foot of the British Army on 5th April, 1855 at Manchester as a Private. This may have been a response to the Great Famine being experienced in Ireland at the time. The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852.During the famine approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%.The proximate cause of famine was a potato blight. The impact and human cost in Ireland – where one-third of the population was entirely dependent on the potato for food – was exacerbated by a host of political, social and economic factors.
82nd Regiment's Crimean involvement is as follows:
On the 7th of April the 82nd took up its quarters in Edinburgh Castle. Although at this time the first Regiment at home for foreign service, the 82nd was detained in England on the plea of its being under orders for India, Thus left behind, while nearly every other regiment in the kingdom was despatched to the Crimea in Russia, where they were in the battles of Alma, Inkerman, and Balaclava, and throughout the siege of Sebastopol. Finally, orders were received for the 82nd Regiment to join the army in the East
On the 18th of January, 1855, it embarked at Liverpool for Corfu and landed there on 1st of February, 1855. Here it remained until sent on to Cephalonia. On the 26th of August it left Cephalonia, and on the 4th of September landed at Balaclava ; strength, forty six sergeants, sixteen drummers, and five hundred and fourteen rank and file.
The fall of Sebastopol on the 8th of September, was the signal for peace, and consequently no opportunity of distinguishing itself was afforded to the 82nd ; yet, having been in position on Balaclava Heights before the great fortress succumbed, it was permitted to bear "Sebastopol" on the regimental colour, by a General Order, dated 16th of October, 1855. The 82nd left that peninsula on the 10th of July, 1856, and on the 11th of August 1856 landed at Portsmouth, whence it proceeded at once to Aldershot, England
Patrick's service with the 82nd regiment
It therefore appears likely that Patrick, having joinined the Army in 1855, was therefore sent out as a reinforcement to the 82nd Regiment, then in the Crimea. His overseas service, including that at the Crimea, was 9 months and from the above, it would appear that he did not participate in any specific military actions
In August, 1858 his medical examination shows he was suffering from cataracts in both eyes. On 14th Sept 1858, this ailment was confirmed at Chatham Army Barracks and he was discharged from the Army as medically unfit, serving 2 years and 193 days
No further knowledge of Patrick is currently available