Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sapper Albert Victor Patten - Carrickfergus

Today 1918 Albert Victor Patten, Son of Frederick Thomas and Priscilla Charlotte Patten, of "Sunnyside", Belfast Rd., Carrickfergus was killed in action while on service with the 4th Field Survey Company - Royal Engineers in Belgium.  Sapper Patten (244605) was 25 years old when he died and is now buried in Dadizeele New British Cemetery (location; I. E. 6.) in West-Vlaanderen Belgium.  I have so far been unsuccessful in finding a picture of Sapper Patten however I have been able to locate a picture of his grave stone in Belgium.

The Belfast Telegraph of Monday 6th October 1919 under the section Our Heroes -- In Memoriam
contained the following:

PATTEN -- In loving memory of our dear son, Sapper Albert Victor Patten (244605), Royal Engineers, F.S>C., killed in action 6th October, 1918, and buried in Terhand Cemetery, Belgium.
 Our grief the world can never know,
          Nor thoughts of sadness that are mine,
     As with the years we older grow
          Our hearts for you will ever pine.

Ever remembered by his sorrowing Father, Mothers, Brothers, Sister, and Brother-in-law, West Street, Carrickfergus. 

The Patten family also have a family burial in Victoria Cemetery where Sapper Patten is also remembered, I will try to get a picture of this sometime this weekend and upload.  As with all the men killed in action I am keen to get some understanding of how they died or in what operation they were involved at that time.  I have been unable to get any information as to the location of Sapper Patten or his Company on that day but will update this entry as and when.

If always if you have any additional information on this or any other entry I would be glad to hear it.


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