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21923   Private Robert James Patterson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 18/04/1898
Died: 28/03/1918 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 19
Summary      
Robert James Patterson was the youngest son of Rachel Patterson (nee Powers). He was born at Ballymacarrett, County Down on 18th April 1898. He was the youngest of at least five children. Sometime between 1898 and 1901, his father died. The family lived in Belfast. Robert enlisted in 1917. He was wounded during the retreat from St Quentin and removed to Namps for treatment. Private Robert Patterson was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on Thursday 28th March 1918.
Further Information
Robert James Patterson was the youngest son of Rachel Patterson (nee Powers).
Robert Patterson was born at Ballymacarrett, County Down on 18th April 1898. He was the youngest of at least five children.
Known family: Unknown father, Rachel Patterson, Margaret Ellen Patterson (born 15th January 1890), Robert Patterson (born 13th December 1891), Alexander Patterson (born 6th July 1893), Nellie Patterson (born 31st October 1895), Robert James Patterson (born 18th April 1898).
Sometime between 1898 and 1901, his father died.
The 1901 census lists Robert as age 3, living with the family at house 5 in Matilda Street, St George's Ward, Belfast. His mother was a spinner and a widow.
The 1911 census lists Robert James as age 13 living with the family at house 106 in Canmore Street, Woodvale, Belfast. He was still at school.
Robert enlisted in Belfast and joined the battalion in late 1917.
Medal card
He was wounded during the retreat from St. Quentin and removed to one of the many hospitals at Namps for treatment.
Private Robert Patterson was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he died of his wounds on Thursday 28th March 1918.
Private Robert Patterson is buried in Namps-au-Val Cemetery in France.
He is commemorated on Moneymore War Memorial (Assembly Rooms).
It seems he lived for a time in the Moneymore area.
The CWGC record Private R J Patterson as the son of Rachel Patterson of 91 Donegal Road, Belfast.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moneymore area Moneymore Lived for a time in Moneymore 54.696109 -6.669402
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1 1901 Census lists Patterson family Lists Robert as age 3 living with the family at house 5 in Matilda Street, St George's Ward Belfast
2 1911 Census lists Patterson family Lists Robert James as age 13 living with the family at house 106 in Canmore Street, Woodvale, Antrim
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Robert J Patterson's grave can be purchased here
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