Canadian Virtual War Memorial

John George Pattison

In memory of:

Private John George Pattison

June 3, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:
808887
Age:

41

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Division:

50th Battalion

Citation(s):

An extract from The London Gazette," No.30215, dated July 31, 1917, records the following:
For most conspicuous bravery in attack. When the advance of our troops was held up by an enemy machine gun, which was inflicting severe casualties, Pte. Pattison, with utter disregard of his own safety, sprang forward and, jumping from shell-hole to shell-hole, reached cover within thirty yards of the enemy gun. From this point, in face of heavy fire, he hurled bombs, killing and wounding some of the crew, then rushed forward overcoming and bayoneting the surviving five gunners. His valour and initiative undoubtedly saved the situation and made possible the further advance to the objective.

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Additional Information


Born:

September 8, 1875 New Cross, England

Son of Harry and Mary Pattison. Husband of Mrs. S. L. Pattison, of Calgary, Alberta. He emigrated to Canada in 1906 with his wife and four children. He worked for the Calgary Gas Company before he joined the army on March 6, 1916.

Private Pattison was killed during an attack on a power station near Lens, France. He is buried in the La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, France, approximately 3 kilometres south of Lens on the north-western outskirts of Vimy.

Commemorated on Page 306 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

John George Pattison is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Cemetery:

LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

VI. C. 14.

Location:

LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY is approximately 3 kilometres south of Lens and is situated on the north-western outskirts of Vimy.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Private J.G. Pattison, V.C. – Pte J.G. Pattison, V.C.
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • Personal Information Sheet
  • Medical Records (front)
  • Medical Records (back)
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Calgary Herald. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Calgary Herald. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Article
  • Military Will
  • Newspaper clipping – In honoured memory.
  • Crest – Private John Pattison was a former member of the Church Lads' Brigade at St. James' Hatcham, South East London. Company No. 483.
  • Cenotaph – Barrie Military Park, Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Original grave marker – The original grave marker for Private John Pattison.  The Photo is from the Glenbow Museum, Alberta.
  • Cemetery
  • La Chaudiere Military Cemetery – La Chaudiere Military Cemetery - La Chaudiere Military Cemetery is located at the foot of Vimy Ridge, very near the town of Vimy, France. The cemetery is 13 kilometres north of Arras, France. May they rest in peace. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Grave Marker – Grave marker in Autumn with maple leaf
  • Cemetery
  • Gravemarker – 2004
  • Grave Marker
  • Grave Marker
  • Excerpt – CWGC write up in cemetery registry.

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