Adam Begg Paterson

First Name: 
Adam
Middle Name: 
Begg
Last Name: 
Paterson
Mother's Name: 
Mary Paterson (nee Begg)
Father's Name: 
Archibald Paterson
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, September 22, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
9th Battalion / 49th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Adam Paterson (Service No. 3882) was born in Muirkirk, Scotland circa 1875. The family travelled to Australia and settled in Mount Kembla, New South Wales. Adam had previously served for 9 months in South Africa with the Imperial Light Horse. He did not work in the mines but was a saddle and harness maker.

After enlistment Adam embarked from Brisbane on HMAT A50 Itonus on 30th October, 1915 with 12th Reinforcements, 9th Battalion. After arriving in Egypt he was transferred to the 49th Battalion. He saw service on the Western Front and was wounded in action twice. On 15th August, 1916 he was wounded, with no reason given and again on 26th September, 1917 where he received a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Adam Paterson's family in Mount Kembla were advised he had been killed in action on 5th April, 1917 and a notice was placed in the paper with this information. A note on his file states a mistake was made and he is with his unit. You can only imagine the joy in his family when this terrible mistake was corrected.

He returned to Australia in June 1919 and was discharged on 19th July, 1919.

Adam Paterson died in 1969.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PATERSON ADAM BEGG

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