Private Joseph Patterson M.M.

Private Joseph Patterson M.M. 9th ( Service )  Battalion, Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles ). He died in France on 15th April 1917 of wounds received during the Battle of Arras aged 30. He was the fourth son of George and Isabella Patterson of Branxton and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” Nobly He lived Bravely He Died that We Might Live “. His Battalion was part of the 28th Brigade in the 9th Scottish Division. His father had the builders business in Branxton and he was employed there. He had fougfht in the Battles of Loos and the Somme and had just been awarded his Military Medal for gallantry at Arras days before he was mortally wounded. The artist’s illustration depicts the nature of the fighting at Arras and the photograph shows troops accompanied by a tank in a captured village near Arras. The colour photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the Officers and Men of the 9th ( Scottish ) Division who fell at Arras. It was originally placed at Pointe De Jour at the site of a German fortified redoubt captured by the Division during the Battle. Due to the adjacent busy road it was moved in 2006 nearer to the Point De jour Military Cemetery a few hundred metres away.

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