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Private Daniel Patience

Date of Paper: 05.07.1940
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): Daniel
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforths
Home Address: 17 Ormonde Terrace, Avoch

Pte. Daniel Patience (21), The Seaforths, missing, is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs David Patience, 17 Ormonde Terrace, Avoch. Prior to the war Pte. Patience was employed on the Corslete Farm, Rosemarkie.

Handwritten notes: “Prisoner of War 30th August, 1940. Liberated 4th May, 1945.”

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Gunner George Patience

Date of Paper: 06.11.1942
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): George
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: G.A.A.
Home Address: Cromarty, ex-Ormonde Terrace, Avoch.


Gunner George Patience, G.A.A., who was officially reported missing on June 20, 1942, in the Middle East, is now notified by the War Office as being a prisoner. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs James Patience, Ormonde Terrace, Avoch. His wife and infant son reside at Cromarty.

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Guardsman Gilbert Patience

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Guardsman Alistair Patience

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Guardsman Donald Patience

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Guardsman Gilbert Patience

Guardsman Alistair Patience

Guardsman Donald Patience

Date of Paper: 04.06.1943, 03.03.1944 and 17.03.1944
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): Gilbert, Alistair and Donald
Rank: Guardsman
Regiment: Scots Guards
Home Address: Braehead, Avoch

Mrs MacIntosh, Braehead, Avoch, has received official intimation that her three brothers were wounded in the Tunisian Campaign. Guardsman Gilbert Patience, after medical attention, rejoined his unit, but Guardsman Alistair Patience and Guardsman Donald Patience are in hospital. The three brothers, with their eldest brothers, also now serving, made a most notable family record when they joined the Scots Guards all together several years ago.

[03.03.1944] Mrs MacIntosh, Braehead, Avoch, received a letter last week from the Commanding Officer, Scots Guards Headquarters, London, that her brother, Guardsman Gilbert Patience, Scots Guards, has been killed in action on the Italian Front. He expressed his sympahy for the untimely loss of so courageous a soldier, who fulfilled the highest standards of the Regiment and whose loss will be felt deeply by his comrades both in the Central Mediterranean Force and at home. Deceased was 35 years of age. He and his twin brother, Guardsman Alistair Patience, and youngest brother, Guardsman Donald Patience, took part in the North African Campaign, and each was wounded in Tunis. the youngest was sent home to hospital, being severely injured in the armn, whilst “Gibby”, so named by those who loved him, after receiving surgical treatment, rejoined his fighting unit, Alistair remaining in a North African hospital for some months and afterwards served beside his twin brother on the Italian front, where he witnessed his brother’s supreme sacrifice. He wrote home of his brother’s loss. News also came to Mrs MacIntosh last week of the arrival of her brother, Guardsman Donald Patience, who was looking forward to soon rejoining his brother in Italy, he having volunteered again for the front. The brothers had rarely been separated, and were closely attached to one another. About twelve years ago they made an unusual family record when they and their elder brother travelled to London and joined the 1st Scots Guards all together on the same day. They bore high characters and were popular in Avoch. Guardsman Patience was born in South Africa. He served his apprenticeship as a plumber with Mr Brown, Inverness. Everyone in Avoch found him so likeable a personality. Much sympathy is expressed for his sister and brothers, also his father, long resident in South Africa.

[17.03.1944] Mrs MacIntosh, Braehead, Avoch, has been officially informed that her two brothers, Guardsmen Alistair and Donald Patience, are prisoners of war from the Italian Front. A fortnight ago she had news of her twin brother, Guardsman Gibson Patience, being killed on the same front. The brothers had joined the 1st Scots Guards 12 years ago.

Handwritten note: “Alistair and Donald liberated 25th May, 1945.”

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Private Roderick Patience

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Private Hugh Patience

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Private Roderick David Patience

Private Hugh Alexander Patience

Date of Paper: 28.06.1940 and 05.07.1940
Surname: Patience
Forename(s) Roderick David and Hugh Alexander
Rank: Private
Regiment: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders / Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: 4 Toll Road, Avoch

Private Roderick David Patience, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is reported missing on June 5th, of which his parents, Mr and Mrs Alexander Patience, 4 Toll Road, Avoch, have received official intimation. He was 19 years of age and had volunteered when working at Kinlochleven. His parents have had no news for some weeks concerning his eldest brother, Private Hugh A. Patience, serving with The Seaforth Highlanders.

Handwritten notes: “Prisoner of War 18th October, 1940. Liberated 27th April, 1945.”

[05.07.1940] Pte. Hugh Alexander Patience (23), Seaforths, missing, is the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Alexander Patience, 4 Toll Road, Avoch. Prior to the war he was a baker in Avoch. His younger brother, Pte. Roderick David Patience (19), Argyll & Sutherlands, was reported missing on June 5. He had volunteered when working at Kinlochleven. Their father served in the R.N.R. throughout the last war.

Handwritten note: “16th October, 1942 – Reported killed in action.”

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Chief Cook James Patience

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Chief Cook James William Patience

Date of Paper: 18.07.1942
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): James William
Rank: Chief Cook
Regiment: Royal Navy
Home Address: 36 High Street, Avoch


Much sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Lewis Patience, 36 High Street, Avoch, in their trying ordeal of their young son being reported missing. Mr James William Patience, who was unmarried, served as Chief Cook in a vessel reported officially sunk by enemy action in the Atlantic. The only survivors known to have reached safety in Iceland were the occupants of a lifeboat, in charge of the Captain. No news has been received of the crews of two other lifeboats. From early boyhood Mr Patience was an expert swimmer. For over five years he had served regularly in the foreign mercantile service. He served his apprenticeship at Avoch Bakery with Mr Wm. Macdonald, and was a general favourite in the district. Five of his brothers have been serving in the Navy since the outbreak of war. Three have served in the same vessel, and their wives and children are resident in Avoch. Another married brother has also been on foreign active service, whilst the younger brother saw active service in Norway, the Mediterranean, and was wounded while serving on HMS Jarvis Bay.

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Seaman John Patience

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Seaman Simon Patience

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Seaman John Patience

Seaman Simon Patience

Date of Paper: 24.07.1940
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): John and Simon
Rank: Seaman
Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve
Home Address: 9 Shore Street, Avoch

A.B. Seaman John Patience, RNR, from whom no news had been received for several weeks, has written a letter the other day to his parents at 9 Shore Street, Avoch, informing them that he is safe and well. They have also received a notification from the Admiralty which confirms the fact that he is one of the survivors from the HMS Vandyck, the ex-luxury cruise liner which was sunk by air attack off the coast of Norway. Seaman Patience (21) is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Donald Patience, and had been serving since the outbreak of war. His elder brother, Seaman Simon Patience, RNR, was wounded during hostilities at Narvik, and has now returned to duty.

Handwritten note: “Liberated 18th May, 1945.”

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Lance Corp William Patience

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Lance Corporal William Patience

Date of Paper: 14.06.1940 and 21.06.1940
Surname: Patience
Forename(s): William
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Home Address: 15 Ormonde Terrace, Avoch

L./Cpl. William Patience, Seaforth Highlanders, elder son of Widow Patience, Ormonde Terrace, Avoch, lies wounded in an hospital in England.

[21.06.1940] L./Cpl. Wm. Patience, BEF, arrived in hospital in England, and writes home that his wounded arm is in a favourable condition. Already Black Isle friends have visited him.

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