Project Description



Born 14th October 1880, Dartford District, Kent

Married Oct-Dec 1905 to Annie Amelia Bustin, Croxley Green, Watford, Herts. Son John William Thomas Paterson born 28th September 1906, Kilburn Holy Trinity, Brent.

Date of death unknown. Died between 1925 and 1939 (see details of 1920s addresses at foot of page. Possible dates of death are 1933 (Northwich) or 1934 (Warminster).

1891 Census

Age 10, living at Croxley Green, Rickmansworth with father William, paper maker, mother Ellen and siblings.

1901 Census

Age 20, occupation cycle maker, own a/c at home. Living at Scot’s Hill, Rickmansworth with father William, paper maker, mother Ellen and siblings.

1911 Census

Age 30, occupation: domestic chauffeur, visitor, staying at 46, Lower Market Street, Hove in the house of Charles Kendall, an out of work chauffeur or coachman. Wife Annie and son John are also there.

Military Service

Rank: Mechanical Service Sergeant on enlistment, later promoted Staff Sergeant

Service Number: M2/021586

Military Unit: 373rd Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 6.2.15

Attested: 7.12.14 London, age 34,

Address at date of attestation: Stanbridge Earls, Romsey, Hants. Occupation: Motor Lorry Driver and Mechanic. Height 5ft 5¾ins, chest 39½ ins

7.12.14: Promoted Mechanic Special Sgt

7.12.14 to 5.2.15: Home

6.2.15: British Expeditionary Force France

Military records include a copy of a letter to W and G du Cros Ltd, Acton Vale dated Nov 2nd 1914: ‘Dear Sirs, Kindly attest Bearer for the Du Cros Ambulance Convoy and oblige’ (William and George Harvey du Cros were a company who manufactured ambulances and other public service vehicles from 1901)


19.10.17: Medical Inspection report, Military Hospital, Carrington, Nottingham: ‘There are still physical signs of bronchitis and he should be categorized as C1’. (Home service only – Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well)

21.8.18: 612 Company, promoted Temp. Warrant Officer Class 1

8.3.19: Medical category B1 (Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well)

15.4.19: Rank (for pension) Mechanic Sergeant Major. Degree of disablement 20%. Awarded a weekly pension of 7s due to bronchitis attributable to War Service (to be reviewed in 26 weeks) plus 1s 4d for 26 weeks for one child from 6.4.19. Address Rose Villa, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Medals Awarded:  1914-15 Star, British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Living on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

Wright’s directory 1920 and Kelly’s directory 1922 and 1925: James Marshall Paterson, motor engineer, 151a, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham.

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: wife Annie Amelia

From the 1939 Register

James wife, Annie Paterson, is described as a widow living with her son John. Death date of James Paterson not yet confirmed – possibly 1933 or 1934.

They are living at 3 Layard Road, Enfield, Middlesex.

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Hospitalised in Nottingham in 1917, listed living in Radcliffe on Trent in 1918 and 1922 (described with a child in pension records dated 1919)