Bourne record for patriotism in 1915

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This newspaper reported in 1915 that one Bourne family’s six sons were “doing duty”.

Mr and Mrs R N Pattison, of Eastgate, Bourne, had six sons fighting for the country.

Mr Pattison senior, who was about 70, was an old soldier, and said his one regret then was that he could not follow his sons.

The report continued: “Apparently, his sons have inherited his spirit, for he has served in the four quarters of the globe.”

The names of his sons included Farrier-Sgt Stephen Pattison, of the Royal Field Artillery, who had been in the Army for nine years, and who was drafted from India to the Front at the beginning of the war.

Pte Ralph Pattison, of the 1st Lincolns, enlisted at Bourne at the outbreak of war and was serving at the Front.

Pte Harry Pattison, 3/4th Battalion Lincs Regiment, who enlisted a month earlier and was then in training at Lincoln.

Gunner Charlie Pattison, of the Northants RFA, who enlisted about two months earlier.

Pte Frank Pattison, who was in the Colonial Forces.

Finally, Richard Newton Pattison was employed at the Army Clothing Department at St Albans.

The report read: “We believe this is a record for local patriotism.”

Mr Pattison senior had joined the army over 50 years earlier , and in January 1862 went to Canada when war was imminent with the United States.

He served with the 96th Regiment, which became the 2nd Manchesters. He had gone to China, Japan and South Africa.

Mr Pattison, his five sons and a grandson were all musicians, and the whole of the family was said to be musical.

The paper had previously carried a family photograph.