Trooper Robert Paterson

Trooper Robert Francis Paterson, 52nd Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. He was killed in action in Germany, aged 29, on the 7th April 1945. He had been born in Selkirk in 1915 and was the son of John and Janet Paterson of Milnshot Park, Selkirk and the husband of Ethel Paterson of 8 Goslaw Green, Selkirk, He is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. He had been a member of the Territorial Kings Own Scottish Borderers before the War and he landed in Belgium in October 1944 with the 52nd ( Lowland ) Division of which his Regiment was part. His Regiment was the the first Reconnaissance Unit over the Rhine together with commandoes of the 1st Special Service Brigade. The Reconnaissance Regiments used various vehicles such as the Daimler Armoured car as shown below. This vehicle is part of the Imperial War Museum collection.

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