Patrick was born on 29/09/1919 in Lewes, the son of Amos and Ellen Ann Crock, nee Kennedy. He was the eldest of three children born to the couple and was known as Pat within the family.
Amos was the only one of five boys in his family to survive service in WW1. He had been injured while in the services and was listed on the 1939 register as incapacitated. (See the notes on the Crock Family WW1 for more details of Amos’ life.)
Ellen Ann was thirteen years younger than Amos. They married at the Lewes Register Office on 19/06/1919. Amos had been brought up in 4 Mount Place, and he and Ellen lived next door at number 5. They attended St John sub Castro, and Patrick was a member of the choir. He attended Pells School and was an enthusiastic member of the Commercial Square Bonfire Society.
Patrick enlisted in 1938, numbered 2046428, and, after initial training, was sent to join the 4th Regiment of the Royal Horse Artillery. This regiment was formed in 1939 in Egypt and fought in the desert up to November 1943. They fired the opening shots in the North Africa Campaign against the Italians in December 1940. They were in action at Bardia. Tobruk, Beda Fomm, Sidi Rezegh, the subsequent withdrawal to El Alamein, and the later battle. The aim of the North African campaign was to keep control of the Mediterranean, the link with the East through the Suez Canal, the Middle East oil supplies and the supply route to Russia through Persia.
Patrick was involved in all of this as his entire army career was spent in the Middle East.
Patrick fell during the battle for El Alamein on 30/10/1942 aged just 23 and was initially buried where he fell. The cemetery at El Alamein was created to honour all those men who had fallen over a very wide area, but especially those who died in the Battle of El Alamein at the end of October 1942 and in the period immediately before that. Accordingly many men were exhumed from their original burial places and re-interred at El Alamein as the CWGC felt that the concentration of cemeteries allowed otherwise unmaintainable graves to be moved into established war grave cemeteries where the Commission could ensure proper commemoration.
Patrick was re-buried, with honour, on 28/04/1943.
He is additionally remembered on the St John sub Castro Memorial and the Lewes War Memorial.