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Name: James PATTERSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lance Sergeant Initials: J Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 24
Unit: 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Lishmans Cottages, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 26th April 1943
Place of Death: North Africa.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John'sChurch, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Africa Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, 21st May 1943. Newcastle Journal, 31st May 1943.
Family Details:
Son of Thomas and Hilda Patterson, of 1 Lishmans Cottages, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham, and later of Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : James had been in the Army for six years up until the time of his death, and with his unit was one of the first to take part in the fighting in France, where he later escaped during the Dunkirk evacuation. He was 6ft 3in in height, and weighed 16 stone, and was one of the heavy-weight boxing champions of the Army. Thomas, his father, received a letter from James's commanding officer, speaking of the great loss to the company.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Army Roll of Honour, 1939-45.
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