Private John Patterson

Private John Patterson, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action  in Palestine on 19th April 1917  in the attack on ” Outpost Hill” during the Second  Battle of Gaza aged 24. He had been born in Greenlaw, enlisted in Greenlaw, lived in Gordon, Berwickshire and was the son of Thomas and Alice Patterson of Middlethird, Gordon. The assault on the Turkish redoubt on the hill top was led by Major Wattie Forrest of Kelso and it captured the position by dint of great bravery. ( Major Forrest was mortally wounded on the parapet of the redoubt ) Heavy casualties and a shortage of ammunition, however, meant the position could not be held in the face of enfilading machine gun fire and fierce Turkish counter attacks. 6 Officers and 44 Other Ranks were killed and 9 Officers and 152 Other Ranks were wounded. He was the son of Thomas and Alice Patterson of Middle Third, Gordon and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. He is also commemorated on the Gordon Memorial. The photographs show The Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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