Thomas Patten (socialist)

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Thomas Patten
Monument to Thomas Patten, Dooega, Achill Island
Monument to Thomas Patten, Dooega, Achill Island
Born 1910 (1910)
Dooega, Achill Island, County Mayo
Died 1936 (1937) (aged 26)
Boadilla del Monte
Occupation Irish activist

Thomas Patten (1910 – 16/17 December 1936) was an Irish volunteer in the Spanish Civil War.[1] He was born in Dooega, Achill Island, in the County Mayo gaeltacht, one of a family of fourteen children. Irish was his first language. Patten emigrated to England as a teenager, working in Blackpool and London. In London he became involved with the Republican Congress, a socialist republican group. In October 1936, after the outbreak of the war in Spain, Patten left England to travel to Spain on his own,[2] before the formation of the International Brigades. Upon his arrival in Madrid, he enlisted in the militia to assist in the defence of the city from insurgent fascist forces during the Siege of Madrid. He was killed at Boadilla del Monte on the night of 16/17 December 1936,[3] the first person from an English-speaking country and the first Irishman of 74 killed in the conflict.

Peadar O'Donnell dedicated his memoir of the war, Salud!, to "a young Achill boy". A monument was raised to Patten in his native Dooega in 1984.[4] Christy Moore mentions Patten in his song Viva la Quinta Brigada


  1. ^ R. A. Stradling (1999). The Irish and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39: Crusades in Conflict. Manchester University Press. p. 137. ISBN 9781901341133. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  2. ^ "The Volunteer, September 2000". Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  3. ^ Ciaran Crossey. "Ireland and the Spanish Civil War - Home Page". Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  4. ^ Ciaran Crossey. "Patten Memorial on Achill, 1984". Retrieved 2015-01-01.