Pattison, John George VC
Pattison, John George

(1875 - 1917)

Local Connection:
Educated at Clifton Hill County School Deptford and Deptford resident.

War Service:
Private. 50th Battalion. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment.)
London Gazetted on the 2nd August, 1917.
Army No. 808887

Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:
When an enemy machine gun, which had been holding up the advance of our troops and inflicting severe casualties on 10th April 1917 at Vimy Ridge, in France, Private Pattison, without regard for his own safety, ran forward, and making his way by jumping from shell-hole to shell-hole, managed to reach cover only 30 yards from the enemy machine-gun. From this point, under extremely heavy fire, he hurled bombs which killed and wounded some of the gun's crew. Private Pattison then rushed forward, overcoming and bayoneting the surviving five gunners. His action made further advance to the objective possible.

Victoria Cross

From Canadian Expeditionary Force Burial Register:Previously reported missing now Killed in Action. While taking part in an attack on enemy positions at La Coulotte, he was hit by shrapnel from an enemy shell. A comrade rendered First Aid but he died within a few minutes of being hit.

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War: 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients; 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas; 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. Special paving stones will be laid in the home towns of every UK soldier awarded the Victoria Cross as part of 2014's World War I centenary events. The specially-commissioned stones will be given to councils in the areas where the VC recipients were born. A total of 28 will be unveiled next year to commemorate medals awarded in 1914 and a further 600 will be laid in every year up to 2018. Pattison's will be laid in April 2017 at Woolwich, where he was born.

He is buried at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, France.

Location of Memorial:

Pattison, John George

His name appears on the memorials at the churchs of St James, Hatcham, St Michael, Knoyle Road and on the Deptford Town Hall Roll-of Honour Board and the He is remembered on the Lewisham-Shopping-Centre-Mural..

He was born on 8 September 1875 at Woolwich, he was the son of Mr and Mrs Henry Alfred Patterson. He was educated at Clifton Hill County School Deptford. He worked as a boiler-maker's mate before emigrating to Canada in 1906 where he married Sophia Allen having four children, Ethel Mary; Henry John; Helena Margaret and George Alfred.. They lived at, 1622, West Avenue, West Mount, Calgary.
An excerpt from the letter written by it Lieutenant Thomas H Prescott to Private Pattison's father on 7th August 1917 says, Your letter regarding your son, J. G. Pattison was sent to me for an answer, as I was his officer on 2nd June, when he was killed. It is with very great regret that I tell you this, as I have been his officer ever since he and his son joined the 137th Battalion in Calgary, and I knew him not only as the finest type of soldier but also as a friend. You are probably now aware that he has been awarded the greatest of honours, the Victoria Cross, for bravery. What a great pity he cannot be here to receive it.
Personally I feel very badly in this matter, as we cannot afford to lose such men, but he died as he would have wished, in action, and while we were administering it a severe defeat to the enemy. He was killed in action on 2 June 1917 at Lens, France.

Metropolitan Borough of Deptford Minutes 27 June 1956


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