According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Mimico, Patrick Durkin of Humber Bay Ontario, was born on February 24, 1892 in Darwin, Lancashire, England. He listed his sister, Miss Katherine Durkin, 10 Berry Street, Darwen, Lancashire, England as his next of kin. He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He indicated that he had three months previous military experience with the 45th Battlion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was 23 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, fair hair and a dark complexion. He was Roman Catholic.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is listed as a labourer living in the home of Patrick McDermott on the east side of Oliver Street, Humber Bay.