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Hubert Paterson

Information about birth

Date of birth:
15/05/1897
Place of birth:
Nairne, South Australia, Australia

General information

Profession:
Labourer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Gunner
Service number:
1883A
Enlistment date:
02/09/1915
Enlistment place:
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Units:
 —  Royal Australian Field Artillery, 114th Bty.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
11/08/1917
Place of death:
Hellfire Corner, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
20

Memorial

Distinctions and medals 3

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Hubert Paterson served as a gunner in the 114th Battery, of the 14th Brigade Australian Field Artillery, part of 5th Australian Divisional Artillery.

The 5th Australian Divisional Artillery participated in the Third Battle of Ypres. During the first half of August 1917 it supported the 16th (Irish) Division.

On the 8th of August 1917 the 5th Australian Divisional Artillery was redeployed near Ypres. The batteries of the 14th Australian Field Artillery took up positions to the north and the east of the city’s ruins. The Brigade’s Headquarters was situated in the old city walls, close to the Menin Gate.

Gunner Hubert Paterson was killed in action on the 10th or the 11th of August 1917. According to a letter to Hubert’s mother written by one of his comrades, Hubert was killed by German shellfire while crossing Hellfire Corner. The shelling of the area was so hot that his comrades could not reach him for two days. According to Gunner Pelton his body was eventually recovered and given a decent burial. If these allegations are correct it would mean that Gunner Hubert Paterson was possibly coming from or was going to the 114th Battery - of the 14th Brigade Australian Field Artillery - as the 114th Battery was positioned just to the north of Hellfire Corner.

Gunner Hubert Paterson has no known grave. It’s highly possible his grave was lost in the further fighting. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

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AIF-project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/search
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Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10260112
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1454111/paterson,-hubert/
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Discovering Anzacs
http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
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National Archives of Australia
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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War Diary 14th Bde. Australian Field Artillery - 5th Australian Divisional Artillery
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1338583
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