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9/741 Trooper James William Patterson, Otago Mounted Rifles

13311 Private William Robert Patterson, 26 Battalion

WW1/WW2 Father/Son Groups

SKU: ZM189
  • 1914/15 Star trio to 9/741 James William Patterson, who was wounded on Gallipoli. Together with the WW2 Africa Star group to his son, William Robert Patterson, who served in North Africa with 26 Battalion.


    James Patterson was born 15th June 1885 in Lumsden, Southland, son of William and Mary Christina Patterson (née Hall). At the time of his enlistment in 1914, Patterson was working as a labourer on Fairlight Station, in Northern Southland. He embarked as a trooper with the Otago Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements and landed on Gallipoli in early August 1915. During the desperate battles for Hill 60 in late August, Patterson suffered a gunshot wound to his foot and was invalided back to Egypt. He was subsequently classified as unfit for further service and returned to New Zealand for discharge. He married Dolly Hyndman in 1917, and worked as a labourer and sawmiller around the Southland area. He died at Invercargill in July 1967.


    William Robert Patterson was born in 1918, and at the time of his enlistment for service with the 2nd NZEF, was working as a sawmill hand at Putangahau in Southland. Patterson's service file has not been obtained, but he embarked sometime between July 1940 and March 1941, and served in the Western Desert with 26 Battalion.


    The trio is correctly impressed 9/741 TPR. J.W. PATTERSON. N.Z.E.F. and comes with a scarce King's Honourable Discharge Certificate. The WW2 group is unnamed as issued, and comes with a Buffalo Lodge Certificate of Admission. There are also small original photos of both men.

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