William Ivens Patchett was born on 4th July 1880 at Clifton on Dunsmore, second son of Bethuel Patchett and his wife Sarah nee Ingram who were married in the June quarter 1877 in Rugby district. He was baptised on the 29th August 1880 at Mary’s Clifton and in the register it states his father as a farmer. In the 1881 census they lived on the Rugby Road in Clifton along with his older brother, his father’s occupation was a milk dealer. By 1891 they were living in Sharps Villa Clifton. He had five brothers and his Father was the assistant overseer of taxes. By 1901 they were still at Sharps Villa, William was a printer by this point still living with his family, his father was the collector of local taxes and he resided with seven siblings four brothers and three sisters.
William married Ellen Colton on June 13th 1904 at St Mary’s parish church Clifton, and in the 1911 census he is living at 7 Manor Rd, Rugby. It states they have been married for seven years and have two children, Nellie 6 and William C.H. 5 month
From the Rugby Advertiser dated November 24th 1917 it stated:
Mrs Patchett of 7 Manor Road has received official information that her husband, trooper W.I.Patchett of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, died of wounds received in the recent fighting on November 14th. He was the eldest son of Mr Bethuel Patchett, and was 38 years of age. A compositor by trade, he was apprenticed at the “Midland Times” office. For a time subsequently he was employed at the Rugby Advertiser Works; and when he enlisted in August 1915 he was employed by Messrs Frost & Sons. He is the tenth employee of this firm to be killed. He was a keen sportsman and played for the Rugby Onward Cricket Club and Clifton Cricket Club, of which he was captain for a time; and also for Rugby Football Club .He leaves a widow and two children.
There was also a notice in De-Ruvigny’s roll of Honour as follows:
Patchett William Ivens Trooper, No 3100976, 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry (T.F.) s. of Bethuel Patchett, of 36, Kimberley Road, Rugby, by his wife, Sarah, dau.of Charles Ingram; b Clifton, co.Warwick, 4th July, 1880; educ.St Matthew’s School, Rugby; was a Compositor by trade, and for a time captain of the Clifton Cricket Club; joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry 1st August 1915; served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine from 13 Feb. 1916, and died at Beersheba 14 Nov.1917 of wounds received in action there. Buried at Beersheba. He m. at Clifton, 13 June, 1904 Ellen (7, Manor Road, Rugby) dau.of Edwin Colton, and two children: William Charles Herbert, b, 26th Oct.1910, Nellie, b 8th Sept.1905.
His medal card form the National Archive has him receiving the Victory and the British medals, but has two regimental numbers one for the Warwick. Yeo as 3061, the second for C of Hrs. as 310976.
He is buried at Beersheba War Cemetery in Plot C29 and on his headstone is the following:
Patchett Pte. William Ivens 1st/1st Warwickshire Yeomanry 14th November 1917, Aged 38. Husband of Ellen Patchett 6, Rowland St, Rugby.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM