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James Alfred Paterson

Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Paterson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 36193 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 October 1919 AWMM GoreSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • No. 1 FTS (Wigram) AWMM
    • 7 OTU (Hawarden) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • Inter War 1 May 1938 AWMM
      Age 18 AWMM
      Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    • WW2 20 May 1939 AWMM
      Age 19 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      11 September 1940, badly burned on face when shot down AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Flight Lieutenant Paterson was the son of Samuel Barr Paterson and Fannie Paterson (nee George), of East Chatton, Southland, New Zealand.

    Relinquished commission with RNZAF 1939

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940

    No service number with RNZAF. Service number listed is from RAF. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    27 September 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    FarninghamEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Orpington (St Mary Cray) Cemetery, Kent, England AWMM Plot E. Div. 3. Grave 129. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Cambridge Cenotaph, Victoria St, Cambridge 3434 AWMM
    • Cambridge World War Two War Memorials AWMM
    • Cambridge World War Two War Memorials AWMM

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  • There is a nice memorial to J A Paterson, near where his plane crashed, in Sparepenny Lane in Farningham Kent and I suggest that a photo of this memorial is added to the images in his Auckland Cenotaph biography. I sometimes walk past this memorial. I tried to add a photo of the memorial to this contribution but the contribution doesn't accept photos, so I can email the photo to Auckland Cenotaph if you email me at Rob Percival 2017.05.02
    Public - Rob - 3 May 2017



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09 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
03 May 2017RobNominally NZ, but now travelling continually in our motorhomeOther
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