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William Ferguson PATERSON

Regimental number2201
Place of birthGlasgow Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButter cutter
Address18 Goodsall Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinWife, Mrs C Paterson, 18 Goodsall Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 29 August 1918

Lieutenant


Unit: INF20
Promotion date: 4 December 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry in leading a patrol and successfully connecting with Company on the left thus enabling the Company to continue the advance.'
Recommendation date: 25 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations in front of LAGNICOURT on the 15th April, Sergeant PATERSON did excellent work in leading a patrol which had been sent out to link up with the company on his left. He successfully connected up despite strong opposition fromt he enemy which PATERSON met with great dash and fearlessness. At times the left flank of his company was threatened to be overcome by the enemy and it was due to this N.C.O.'s actions and courageous behaviour that the company was able to continue the advance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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