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John Paterson cap badgePrivate John Paterson

2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 12965

John Paterson grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Janet Paterson. Husband of Margaret Paterson (11/03/1879- ) of 20a1 Whittington St, Coatbridge. Father of 3 children and stepfather of 1, William Paterson born 05/12/1904, Christina Arbuckle Paterson born 06/12/1908, Mary Arbuckle Paterson born 23/04/1911 and John's stepson Robert Brown aged 4 on the 1901 Census. John's brother Private Alexander Paterson of the 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion Royal Scots was Killed in Action on the 01/08/1918. Another brother also served. From the 1891 Census - Address - 218 North Square, Gartsherrie, Coatbridge - John Paterson aged 60, Janet Paterson aged 46, Isabella Paterson aged 17, John Paterson aged 15, Robert Paterson aged 12, William Paterson aged 10, Alexander Paterson aged 7. From the 1901 Census - Address - 104/3 Sunnyside Road, Coatbridge - John Paterson aged 24, Margaret Paterson aged 24, John's stepson Robert Brown aged 4. John's Pension was awarded to his wife Margaret of 28 Whittington St, Coatbridge on the 16/01/1917. His 3 children are also listed. Margaret remarried Patrick Kerrigan on the 16/02/1918.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 20a1 Whittington St, Coatbridge


Died of Wounds on the 09/07/1916


Coatbridge 14/08/1914 originally Glasgow 13/08/1897


North British Iron Works



Buried / Remembered

Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery (II. A. 8), Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The area was used by Dressing Stations during the greater part of the War, and the cemetery was begun by French troops in June 1915, and carried on by British Field Ambulances from March 1916 to April 1918. The 335 French and 19 German graves were removed after the Armistice to other cemeteries. There are now over 100, 1914-18 casualties and one 1939-45 war casualty commemorated in this site.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. John arrived in France on the 04/01/1915 (as part of the 1st Battalion). John originally joined the 4th Battalion Highland Light Infantry in Glasgow on the 13/08/1897. His Service Number was 9976. He was discharged by purchase £2 on the 29/06/1898. See Directory for John's brother Alexander's page. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his Attestation papers x 3, Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, John's Pension Record and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. John's grave inscription reads "LION-HEARTED HE DIED A HERO".

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