World War 1

War Records 1914-18



Private W Pack


Lance Corporal John Paterson


Cadet W J Paterson, MM


Lieutenant William Gunday Paterson, MC


Seaman Daniel Patience


1st Class Petty Officer John W Patience


Seaman Roderick Patience


Gunner Simon Patience, DSM

Seaman William Patience, MSM (Grimsby ex-Avoch)


Captain T H Peverell


Lieutenant George M Philip


Private Donald Pirie


Sergeant A A Polson

Surname P

Surname Forename Rank Home Relationship
Pack W Private London  
Paterson John L/Corporal Fortrose  
Paterson W J Cadet Conon  
Paterson William G Lieutenant Invergordon  
Patience Daniel Seaman Avoch  
Patience Donald Admiralty Avoch Brothers 1
Patience G Sergeant Avoch  1
Patience James Seaman Avoch  1
Patience  John W PO Avoch  
Patience Roderick Seaman Avoch  
Patience Simon Gunner Avoch  1
Patience William Seaman Avoch  1
Patience William Seaman Grimbsby
ex-Avoch
 
Peverell T H Captain London  
Philip Colin C Captain Avoch Brothers 2
Philip George M Lieutenant Avoch  2
Pirie Donald Private Avoch  
Polson A A Sergeant Beauly  

Date of Paper:  03.03.1916
Surname:  Pack
First Name(s):  W.
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  B (Dingwall) Coy., Seaforths
Home Address:  36, Stork's Road, Bermondsey, London

Private W. Pack is a member of B (Dingwall) Coy., and his home address is 36 Stork's Road, Bermondsey, London.

Date of Paper:  12.05.1916
Surname:  Paterson
First Name(s):  John
Rank:  Lance Corporal
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  Academy Street, Fortrose

Paterson, Lance Corporal John, 1773 (21), son of Captain Donald Paterson, shipmaster, Academy Street, Fortrose, was a blacksmith to trade, and was called up on mobilisation. Went out with the battalion.  His brother, Daniel Paterson, is serving with the battalion at the front.

Date of Paper:  18.05.1917
Surname:  Paterson
First Name(s):  W. J.
Rank:  Cadet
Regiment:  Black Watch
Home Address:  Rose Villa, Conon Bridge

Mr W. J. Paterson, Black Watch, is a brother of Mrs Munro, Rose Villa, Conon Bridge, and at the outbreak of the war was in West Africa. He served 18 months in France, was wounded, and received the Military Medal.

Date of Paper:  07.12.1917
Surname:  Paterson
First Name(s):  William Gunday
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  Cameron Highlanders
Home Address:  Ord, Invergordon

Lieut. William G. Paterson, Camerons, son of Mr W. G. Paterson, Ord, Invergordon, whose name appears in the Salonica dispatches published last week, has won the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in the field. Lieut. Paterson is a well known Ross-shire farmer, and managed the farm of Ord for his father until September 1914 - a month after the outbreak of war - when he joined the Lovat Scouts. After training he went East with his unit in 1915, and took part in the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, remaining in the line till the evacuation, when he was one of the rearguard selected to cover the retirement. He next saw service with his unit in the Libyan, and when the Scouts had successfully accomplished their work in this zone, he transferred to the Camerons, and was posted to Salonica. He was home on leave in the summer of 1916.
Lieut. Paterson has received the ribbon of his decoration; the Military Cross itself falls to be presented on his return to the homeland. There was a considerable ceremony at the presentation of decorations in the field, and, according to a correspondent, the unit to which Lieut. Paterson is attached was specially complimented by the General commanding "for one of the best bits of work done on the Macedonian Front". The circumstances under which Lieut. Paterson won his decoration are not yet officially published, and he himself has not disclosed the facts.  Much satisfaction is expressed among his many friends in Easter Ross, and kindly congratulations are universally extended to the family.

Date of Paper:  08.06.1917
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  Daniel
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  1, Alexander Street, Avoch

Seaman Daniel Patience is the second son of Mr and Mrs Daniel Patience, 1 Alexander Street, Avoch. He was home on special parole in December 1915. He has a younger brother also in the Navy for over a year, and who was aboard one of the ships in the Jutland attack.

Date of Paper:  22.02.1918
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Mr.
Regiment:  Admiralty
Home Address:  30, High Street, Avoch

No photo available

The name of A2572 (A2372?) Gr. Simon Patience, seaman, R.N.R., appeared in the London Gazette list of honours for distinguished service. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his notable markmanship on one day last year, when, while in the Atlantic Ocean, he engaged a hostile submarine in contest, and his quiet daring achieved the final score. His Captain and the crew so admired his plucky action in thus safeguarding them that on their arrival in home waters they presented Gr. Patience with a beautiful wristlet watch and gold signet ring. The following letter from his Captain duly reached him: "Dear Patience - I heartily congratulate you upon your well merited D.S.M., and wish you long life to wear it. I am to have the D.S.C., and am having a voyage off, and shall be glad to see you if you are ever handy. Don't fail to call if you have the chance. All hands were pleased to hear of the decoration. Pretty good proof of her capture."
Gr. Patience, who is the son of Mr and Mrs Patience, 30 High Street, Avoch, and whose photo appears today, came home on leave in October 1917, and his many friends were honestly proud of his fine achievement. Since then he has earned further distinction, and it is hoped that his name may again be seen in the list of honours. He is at present on foreign service. Gr. Patience, who is in his 25th year, joined the R.N.R. in November 1909. Prior to the war he was engaged in the fishing industry.
An elder brother is also in the Navy, Seaman James Patience, having joined the R.N.R. in November 1903, whilst the eldest brother, Mr Donald Patience, is now doing Admiralty work. Two younger brothers made the supreme sacrifice in this war. Sergt. G. Patience, 1/4th Seaforths, was killed in France on May 7th, 1915, and buried in the beautiful cemetery at Vielle Chapelle. He enlisted in September 1914, and was an apprentice painter at Avoch. He was 20 years of age. Seaman Wm. Patience joined the R.N.R. in January 1914, and was aboard the HMS Flirt when she was sunk on October 26th, 1916, during a bombardment on the Belgian coast. He was in his 18th year.

Date of Paper:  22.02.1918
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  G.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  1/4th Seaforths
Home Address:  30, High Street, Avoch

No photo available

Date of Paper:  22.02.1918 
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  James
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address:  30, High Street, Avoch

No photo available

Date of Paper:  22.02.1918
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  Simon
Rank:  Gunner
Regiment:  Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address:  30, High Street, Avoch

Date of Paper:  22.02.1918 
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address:  30, High Street, Avoch

No photo available

Date of Paper:  08.02.1918
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  John William
Rank:  1st Class Petty Officer
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  13, High Street, Avoch

Mrs Patience, 13 High Street, Avoch, has received official information that her husband, 1st Class Petty Officer John Wm. Patience, is missing, believed drowned at sea on December 13th, 1917. During the past two years he did duty abroad one of His Majesty's vessels. Mrs Patience has had a letter from one of the survivors, but he could not tell her any news of Petty Officer Patience after the disaster and had only known him as a good shipmate aboard.   Deceased's genial nature always ensured him a welcome everywhere. He was so strongly vigorous, just the man to dare and do in a moment of emergency, and would have been so in the fatal extremity when it befell him. Petty Officer Patience was home on leave in January 1917, and had been eagerly anticipating his ship's arrival in home waters as furlough was again due.
Much sympathy was felt for his widow and for his aged father, Mr Lewis Patience, long resident at James Street, Avoch, but now on Admiralty duties, and also for his brother and sister. Prior to the war he was employed as an engine driver on the estate of Mr Fletcher of Rosehaugh. On taking up his Naval duties he served on a patrol boat for over a year and afterwards underwent special training at Portsmouth, and in February 1916 was promoted 1st Class Petty Officer. A very intelligent reader, while at Avoch he spent many of his leisure hours cultivating flowers around his little cottage. He was in his 37th year.  A photograph appears today

Date of Paper:  19.03.1920
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  Roderick
Rank Leading:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy
Home Address:  12, George Street, Avoch

Reproduced today is a photograph of Seaman Roderick Patience, R.N.R., Avoch, whose death, as we reported in a previous issue, took place as a result of pneumonia on 4th January.    Deceased left Invergordon a few days previous in the HMS Tugboat Dromedary, and was proceeding to Portsmouth as her chief stoker when he became ill on New Year's Day. He was taken to Dane's Hospital, South Shields, where, before his widowed mother arrived, he succumbed. Leading Seaman Patience, who was in his 28th year, resided with his mother at 12 George Street, Avoch. Possessed of a kind and cheerful disposition, he was very popular in the village. He mobilised in August 1914, and shortly afterwards was drafted to China. For three years and eight months he remained on duty in Eastern waters, and afterwards served in the Persian Gulf.  When he was demobilised last year he went to work in the Dockyard at Invergordon.

Date of Paper:  23.01.1920
Surname:  Patience
First Name(s):  William
Rank:  Seaman
Regiment:  Royal Navy Reserve
Home Address:  Grimsby (formerly 21, High Street, Avoch)

M.S.M. FOR AVOCH SEAMAN
A 4925 Seaman Wm. Patience, R.N.R., aged 24 years, who has recently received the Meritorious Service Medal for devotion to duty when mine-laying in the North Sea, during July 1st and November 11th 1918, while serving aboard the HMS Ferret. Seaman Patience was called in up August 1914, and was on duty till February 1919. He is at present residing at Grimsby, having been married there last July.
His parents reside at 21 High Street, Avoch. Seaman D. Patience, a younger brother, also served in the Navy.

Date of Paper:  14.12.1917
Surname:  Peverell
First Name(s):  T. H.
Rank:  Captain
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  London

Captain T. H. Peverell, Seaforths, who has been officially reported wounded and missing, is one of the best known Seaforth officers in Ross-shire Territorials. He was adjutant to the battalion for a time. Captain Peverell, who is 27 years of age, held a commission for five years before the war in the Durham Light Infantry, T.F. He volunteered for active service when war broke out, and went to France in September 1914 as an interpreter with the Indian Expeditionary Force. Subsequently, becoming associated with the Ross-shires, he transferred to the battalion. In October 1915, he was wounded in the face by the bursting of a shell over his dug-out, and when, it may be recalled, Lieut. Thomson, Alma Cottage, St. Boswells, Roxburghshire, and Lieut. R. Wassell, Dingwall, were also injured.
Captain Peverell in civil life was a solicitor in London. Hope is entertained that he may be a prisoner of war. A photograph appears today.
[Handwritten notes: "Feb. 15/18 Prisoner. Leg off May 31/18 Released."]

Date of Paper:  17.03.1916
Surname:  Philip
First Name(s):  Colin C.
Rank:  Captain (Dr.)
Regiment:  2nd Lowland Field Ambulance
Home Address:  Avoch

No photo available

Lieutenant George M. Philip, who has been awarded the Military Cross for deeds of bravery in the trenches, is serving in the 12th Northumberland Fusiliers, and is the younger son of the late Rev. Alfred M. Philip, Avoch, and grandson of the late Rev. G. F. J. Philip, New Deer.   His elder brother, Captain Colin C. Philip, is a doctor in the 2nd Lowland Field Ambulance at present in Cairo.

Date of Paper:  17.03.1916
Surname:  Philip
First Name(s):  George M.
Rank:  Lieutenant
Regiment:  12th Northumberland Fusiliers
Home Address:  Avoch

Date of Paper:  14.06.1918
Surname:  Pirie
First Name(s):  Donald
Rank:  Private
Regiment:  Seaforths
Home Address:  The Bakery, Avoch

AVOCH SEAFORTH KILLED
No. 19585 Private Donald Pirie (Donnie), Seaforths, officially reported killed in action on April 18th, was in his 19th year. His photo is reproduced in this week's issue. Joining the Seaforths in March 1917, he went to France last November, doing duty in the firing line. He took part in the big offensive, and as no news was heard of him, it was feared, as is now confirmed, that he too had fallen among the brave dead. When the war broke out Pte. Pirie was a pupil at the Higher Grade School, Fortrose, and afterwards assisted his father in business, where his bright and kindly manner was appreciated.
His loss is sincerely regretted by his many friends. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs Pirie, The Bakery, Avoch, with whom and with his two young sisters much sympathy is felt.

Date of Paper:  08.09.1916
Surname:  Polson
First Name(s):  A. A.
Rank:  Sergeant
Regiment:  1st Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address:  Cannich, Beauly

THE LATE SERGT. A. A. POLSON
Above will be found a portrait of Sergeant A. A. Polson, Seaforths, killed on 25th September 1915, and husband of Mrs Polson, Cannich, Beauly. As already reported, he had been reported missing on that date, but from letters received from N.C.Os and men of his battalion there seemed little doubt that he had met his death in the great advance. The officers of his platoon had all become casualties, and the men were about to retire when he sprang to the front and bravely led them until he himself fell. Prior to enlistment in the 1st Seaforth Highlanders, Sergt. Polson had been on the staff of the North Star, Dingwall. He had been nine years in the Army, eight of which he had spent in India. He came across with his battalion to France in September 1914, and fought with them until invalided home in February of the following year. He was then drafted to another battalion, then stationed in England, and with them he proceeded to France in July 1915, for the second time. He was 26 years of age. Sergt. Polson was greatly liked and esteemed by both officers and men in both the battalions in which he served.

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