Lt Col Paddy Victory - Times Lookup?

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  1. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Is there anyone with a subscription to the Times who might do me a favour and check out the following obituary, please? The information I'm after is simply where he was born/raised. Thanks in anticipation...

    Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Victory

    Paddy Victory was a Troop Leader with 5 RHA and is mostly famous for reversing out of the way of 'Wittmann' in Villers-Bocage but came to grief trying to turn round in a narrow sidestreet. I'm inclined to believe his tank was later torched by 'Bill' Cotton of the Sharpshooters along with a number of Tigers.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Dob 4th Oct 1919
    Dod 10th. July 2006
    Patrick Michael Victory (1919-2006) - Find A...

    He was the son of a regular Army warrant officer of the Royal Munster Fusiliers who won the Military Medal in the First World War. He qualified for a career in the Customs & Excise Service, but on the outbreak of war, enlisted and was commissioned to the Royal Artillery in time to join the 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery shortly after it's return from Dunkirk. As a Forward Observation Officer in the fighting around Villers Bocage in June 1944, Victory had his Cromwell knocked out at close range but survived for the breakout from the east of the Normandy bridgehead and at the battle for Mount Pinçon. He was awarded an immediate Military Cross for killing the crew of an opposing anti-tank gun with a Bren light machinegun, not a usual role for a Gunner FOO, and ended the war in command of K Battery. He was mentioned in dispatches for his part in the North-West Europe campaign. Most unusually even in time of war, he was appointed OBE for his service in Korea — an MBE being the customary recognition for majors — and also received the US Bronze Star. Paddy Victory was a remarkable servant of both his country and his Church. He later served the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume, as assistant for public affairs. In this role, he played a crucial part in the successful campaign to overturn the convictions of the Guildford 4, for the IRA bombings in Guildford and Woolwich in 1974, and of the Maguire 7 on related charges of making explosives.
     
  3. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Thank you kindly!
     
  4. wibs12

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    No subscription to The Times piece but Ancestry only has one Patrick M Victory born 1919.........

    This particular Patrick M Victory died on July 2006 in Hackney, and was born on 04 Oct 1919 to parents Patrick and Elizabeth.

    Death registration and 1939 Register have inter-linking date data. Birth data is:

    Registered: Oct 1919
    Registration quarter: Oct-Dec
    Registration district: Devonport
    Inferred County: Devon
    Mothers maiden name: Lynch

    Doesn't help with where he was raised but it's a start.
     
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    https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7620183
    Reference: WO 373/115/105
    Name Victory, Patrick Michael
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 158257
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Korea
    Award: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 29 April 1952
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  8. Tricky Dicky

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    Patrick Michael Victory
    1919–2006
    BIRTH 4 OCT 1919 • Devonport, Devon, England
    DEATH 10 07 2006 • London, London, England

    Spouse: Helen Patricia Pels
    Father: Patrick Victory
    Mother: Elizabeth Lynch
    Birth: 04/10/1919 Devonport Devon England
    Death: 07/10/2006 London London England

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Patrick M Victory
    Registration Date: Oct 1919
    [Nov 1919]
    [Dec 1919]
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration district: Devonport
    Inferred County: Devon
    Mother's Maiden Name: Lynch
    Volume Number: 5b
    Page Number: 514


    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: Patrick M Victory
    Gender: Male
    Marital status: Single
    Birth Date: 4 Oct 1919
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: 22
    Residence Place: Farnborough, Hampshire, England
    Occupation: Student
    Schedule Number: 195
    Sub Schedule Number: 3
    Enumeration District: EDKL
    Registration district: 105/2
    Household Members:
    Name
    Patrick Victory
    Elizabeth Victory
    Patrick M Victory

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Patrick Michael Victory
    Death Age: 87
    Birth Date: 4 Oct 1919
    Registration Date: Jul 2006
    Registration district: Hackney
    Inferred County: Greater London
    Register Number: A51F
    District and Subdistrict: 230/1A
    Entry Number: 062

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: Patrick Michael Victory
    Birth Date: 4 Oct 1919
    Death Date: 10 Jul 2006
    Cemetery: Richmond and East Sheen Cemeteries
    Burial or Cremation Place: Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
    Has Bio?: Y
    Patrick Michael Victory (1919-2006) - Find A... - See CL1's post for the details

    TD
     
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