Matthew Patterson

#21158, b. 10 January 1893, d. June 1970

Individual's Timeline

Birth10 January 1893Matthew Patterson1
Christening20 November 1895Matthew Patterson2
Marr RegJune 1920Matthew Patterson3
Death RegJune 1970Matthew Patterson1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Matthew was an errand boy at the age of 15.

Census details

Some aspects of Matthew Patterson's life. The exhibits are: A photo in his uniform, his medals and insignia, a letter detailing his wounds and his z class army reserve doc.

He was wounded twice - 2 silver wound badges that he is wearing on his sleeve together with his crossed rifles badge which signified him as a first class shot.

He was wounded by shrapnel which left a scar on his face the first time. His second wound which was most severe being a gun shot wound to the right thigh.

He received this wound at the battle of Paschendaele. However he was not sent home as some of the officers would have been and after a spell at a field hospital at Rouen he was given a new uniform plus rifle and equipment, and sent back to the front.

He was captured in the great German spring offensive of 1918, which was their last great effort to end the war. He was taken to Friedricksfeld prison camp in Germany where he was held until the end of the war.

When he returned home his mother had passed away. Whilst he was at the family home in Newcastle On Tyne, all the letters that he had written in Germany arrived in one bundle, so sadly his mother did not get to read them.

He preserved all these letters. He had a beautiful 'hand' and, as I was brought up by him, I would spend many hours copying the style of his handwriting. As a result I have been complimented many times about my writing which I owe all to my Grandfather.

I also have all the letters that he sent home, with the prison camp details and censorship stickers on them, and Shirley they would make a book.

The above was written by his Grandson Sidney PATTERSON.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: A fellow researcher who is a direct descendent of Matthew has told me "My Grandfather Mathew served in the Great war as a soldier having previously served in Dublin during the Easter rising of 1916. He was later severely wounded in France at the Battle of Paschendale".

Child of Matthew Patterson and Margaret Storey

  • Sidney Patterson


  1. Find my past web sites, online or, Name:      PATTERSON, Matthew
    Registration district:      Newcastle upon Tyne
    County:      Northumberland
    Year of registration:      1970
    Quarter of registration:      Apr-May-Jun
    Date of birth:      10 January 1893
    Volume no:      1B
    Page no:      176.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Name:      Matthew Patterson
    Gender:      Male
    Baptism/Christening Date:      20 Nov 1895
    Baptism/Christening Place:      St. Andrew, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England
    Birth Date:      
    Death Date:      
    Name Note:      
    Father's Name:      Christmas Patterson
    Father's Birthplace:      
    Father's Age:      
    Mother's Name:      Mary
    Mother's Birthplace:      
    Mother's Age:      
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number:      C01973-4
    System Origin:      England-EASy
    Source Film Number:      1564926
    Reference Number:      It.5 p181, 1443.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Patterson      Matthew      Storey      Gateshead      10a     2514.