Saturday 30 July 2011

Private James Dick Patterson

Born on 21 April 1888 in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland - brother of William Patterson, Glasgow, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; medium hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on 15 March 1915 (number 411075) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - wounded on 4 June 1916 - transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service on 11 September 1917 in order to be commissioned.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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