Private James Patterson

Private James Ewart Patterson 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine during the Second Battle of Gaza on 19th April 1917 aged 19. He fell in the attack on “Outpost Hill” in the same action as Corporal George Dougal and is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery, Gaza, Palestine. The Turkish redoubt on the hill top was captured in the assault led by Major Wattie Forrest of Kelso but heavy casualties and a shortage of ammunition forced a retirement in the face of fierce Turkish counter attacks. 15 Officers and 340 Other Ranks were killed or wounded including Major Forrest who was mortally wounded on the parapet of the redoubt. His father William Patterson had a Drapers business in St Ellas Place, Eyemouth and before enlisting he had worked in the Commercial Bank, Ayton. The photos show the Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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