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  • This photo of Walter Pattison was first published in the Retford Times newspaper following his death
Person Details
Clarborough, 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.
12 Mar 1915
1560381 - CWGC Website
Res Retford, enlist Derby
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1911 census shows that Walter was in the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters serving in India. The 1st Battalion returned from Bombay to U.K., landing at Plymouth 2 October 1914. They then moved to Hursley Park and came under orders of 24th Brigade in 8th Division and then landed at Le Havre in France 5 Nov 1914. Judging by his location and date of death, he probably died fighting at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10 -12 March 1915). As he has no known grave he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calis. Pte Walter Pattison Retford Times 27 August 1915 We much regret to record the death of another brave Retford man in the person of Private W Pattison of the 1st Sherwod Foresters. He was killed on March 12th, but at the time was reported missing. The uncertainty as to his fate caused his parents and friends much anxiety and his death was not confirmed until 17th August, when a letter was received by his mother through the Enquiry Department of the British Red Cross who have spared no efforts to obtain definite information about the man. Private Pattison was killed at Neuve Chapelle. He joined the Sherwood Foresters in December 1906 and was in India 6 ½ years. He came from India last October and spent four days leave at home with his parents Mr and Mrs Pattison at 4 Tiln Road, Retford. He was 27 years of age. His father, Mr W Pattison who has been employed at Messrs Ashworth’s Bellam Mills for the last 29 years, served seven years in the Army and was in India six tears. The late Private Pattison has a brother now serving in Kitchener’s Army now stationed at Whitley Common. The first intimation of the death of Private Pattison was received in a letter from Private C Marsh who wrote:- “I was very sorry for your poor lad. He did some splendid work. He was a despatch carrier and when he got killed five of them went out for their companies rations, only one returned and he was wounded.
CWG additional information:- Son of Walter and Elizabeth Pattison, of 44, Tiln Rd., Retford, Notts. Brother Thomas Pattison also killed in action in France on 3 Jul 1916. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • This photo of Walter Pattison was first published in the Retford Times newspaper following his death
    Walter Pattison - This photo of Walter Pattison was first published in the Retford Times newspaper following his death