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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times Following the death of Thomas Pattison
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Retford, Nottinghamshire
Both Walter Pattison and Elizabeth Hall were natives of Retford. The pair married in 1887 and by the end of that year had produced a son who they named after his father, Walter. They lived at Bottom Lane, Clarborough, Notts at the start of their marriage where Walter senior worked in a tannery. In 1891 they had their second son named Thomas. Their lives never changed much over the next few years, but sometime after 1901 Walter the eldest son enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, Notts and Derby Regiment. In 1911, when Thomas was making his living as a blacksmiths striker in an iron foundry, Walter was serving in India. When war was declared, inevitably Thomas joined the army, the 8th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. Their parents must have been devastated when not only one, but both of their sons were reported killed whist fighting for their country.
03 Jul 1916
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Lance Corporal
8th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Lance Corpl T Pattison The Retford Times 25/8/1916 Another member of the Pattison family, who hold a remarkable record for patriotism, has laid down his life for his country. He is Lance Corpl T Pattison, Lincolns, whose wife resides at 110 Marcus Street, Sheffield, and whose parents live at 44 Tiln Road, Retford. At first it was thought that the gallant fellow was only wounded, Sergt Fitch writing to his wife saying the last he had seen the deceased was when he was running across No Man’s Land with his machine gun under his arm. He was one of the first to get into action with his gun, “not caring” says the Sergt, “for shells and bullets. He was very brave indeed.” It was stated that he was wounded while fighting for the enemy’s third line. Later on, unhappily, deceased’s Captain wrote intimating Mrs Pattison of her husband’s death. Lance Corpl Pattison leaves two children, one of whom he has not seen. Prior to joining the Lincolns he had served five years with the 8th Sherwood Foresters (TF). Below we give a list of his relatives who have served with the colours or are now serving:- Mr Walter Pattison, father, served seven years with the Royal Fusiliers: six in India. Employed at Messrs Ashworth’s, Bollam Mills – Pte Walter Pattison, Sherwood Foresters, brother, killed in action at Neuve Chapelle – Cpl Vincent Pattison, Lincolns, uncle, died at Killingworth Camp. Served 28 years in the Army and fought in the South African war. His widow who lives at Sheffield, is the daughter of an old soldier and was born in Woolwich Barracks – Pte Alfred Pattison, Lincolns, cousin, 17 years of age, killed in action, son of Vincent Pattison – Pte Kimberely Pattison, East Yorks, cousin, reclaimed from Army on account of his youth, served 14 months, son of Vincent Pattison – Pte Billie Pattison, 1/8/ Sherwood Foresters, cousin, killed in action, well known in connection with the Retford Town FC. Son of Mrs Pattison of Canal Street, Retford – Pte Alfred Pattison, Sherwood Foresters, cousin, prisoner of war, Germany. Son of Mrs Pattison of Canal Street – Other relatives by marriage are:- Pte T Hall, uncle, serving in Egypt – L/Cpl T Hall, cousin, Royal Fusiliers, Son of Private Hall – Pte Alfred Hewitt, 6th Lincolns, cousin, killed in the Dardanelles, son of Mrs Hewitt, Mount Pleasant, Spital Hill, Retford – Pte J Hewitt, cousin, also son of Mrs Hewitt –Pte Geo Tomlinson, 1st Lincolns, cousin, killed in action, son of Mr and Mrs J Tomlinson, Spital Hill – Pte Leonard Tomlinson, Y and L, cousin killed in action, brother of above – Pte GR Worthington, Y and L, brother in law – Pte W Worthington, AOC, brother in law – Walter Gleadall KOYLI, cousin, stationed in Malta. Other distant relatives are doing their bit and there are very few families who have answered the call so nobly. The Pattison Family’s record is indeed a magnificent one and every sympathy is felt for them in their terrible losses. No doubt the thought that their sons have died fighting for honour and justice will prove of some consolation to them. They are worthy of every congratulation upon their patriotism and of every sympathy in their bereavement.
He is buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boisselle Cemetery. Brother Walter Pattison also killed in action in France on 12 March 1915. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times Following the death of Thomas Pattison
    Thomas Pattison - This photo was first published in the Retford Times Following the death of Thomas Pattison
  • Buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.
    Thomas Pattison - Buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.