1914-15 Star Trio, to Major W.R. Paterson, Officer Commanding, 10th Glosters, who was severely wounded in action leading his men in an assault at the Battle of Loos on 25th Sept 1915.
An exceptional officer of the Gloucestershire Regiment, having only been a 2nd Lieutenant, at the beginning of the war in September 1914, he rose quickly through Lieut and Captain, becoming a Major in command of a Battalion in only a few months, he turned only 20 years old in the same month he was appointed as a Major in Command and received his wound.
Major William Robert Paterson was born in Cheltenham, during 1885, he received his education at Cheltenham College followed by Owen’s College in Manchester.
Promoted to Major, London Gazette 18th September 1915, so Loos would have been his baptism as a Major leading a Battalion.
Gloucestershire Echo: 5th October 1915:
“MAJOR PATERSON IN HOSPITAL
Mrs Paterson, of Wendover, Christ Church Road, Cheltenham, has received a letter from her son, Major W. R. Paterson, 10th Gloucesters, who was wounded in the recent heavy fighting, that he is now at the Officers’ Hospital, 33 Upper Fitszilliam Street, Dublin, suffering from a gun shot wound in the left foot.”
The wound forced his retirement, noted in the Gloucestershire Echo 9th June 1916:
“MAJOR W R PATERSON (O. C.) RETIRES
The retirement was gazetted on Friday morning of Major W.R. Paterson, of the 10th Gloucesters, who was invalided home after the Battle of Loos with a wound in the foot, from which unfortunately he has not recovered.
He is the son of Mrs Paterson, of Wendover, Christ Church Road, Chelthenam, and of the latre Mr Robert Paterson Paterson, of Montgomerie, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, and was born in September 1885.
A day boy at Cheltenham College, he left at Easter, 1904. By Occupation he was a Civil Engineer, and was gazetted to a temporary Captaincy on May 20th 1915. It will be remembered that he was one of the officers of the 10th Gloucesters during their training in Cheltenham in the winter of 1914-15 and the fact that his wound has rendered necessary his retirement from the Army will be much regretted by his old comrades of the 10th.”