​ An intriguing Great War, Second World War and long service group awarded to Chief Petty Officer Telegrapher A. Patterson, Royal Navy, who despite wearing the Italy Messina Earthquake Medal, and claiming to have served aboard H.M.S Duncan on the occasion of the relief operations, was not aboard Duncan, and was not entitled to the medal. Nevertheless he saw service during the Great War aboard the cruiser H.M.S Lancaster with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station during 1914 to 1915, and later was present aboard

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An intriguing Great War, Second World War and long service group awarded to Chief Petty Officer Telegrapher A. Patterson, Royal Navy, who despite wearing the Italy Messina Earthquake Medal, and claiming to have served aboard H.M.S Duncan on the occasion of the relief operations, was not aboard Duncan, and was not entitled to the medal. Nevertheless he saw service during the Great War aboard the cruiser H.M.S Lancaster with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station during 1914 to 1915, and later was present aboard the destroyer Montrose in March 1920 during the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea at the evacuation of the remnants of the White Army at Novorossiysk.
Group of 7: 1914-1915 Star; (231018. A. PATTERSON, P.O.TEL., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (231018 A. PATTERSON. P.O.TEL. R.N.); Defence Medal; War Medal 1939-1945; Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm. Bust; (231018 ALEXANDER PATTERSON. P.O.TEL. H.M.S. BLENHEIM.); Italy: Messina Earthquake Medal 1908, weakly engraved naming; (A. PATT***** LDG TEL. H.M.S. DUNCAN 28-12-1908). Mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: some contact wear and edge bruising, hence overall about Very Fine.

Together with the recipient’s personal copy of the General Post Office Handbook for Wireless Operators, as published in 1938 and reprinted in 1943, this inscribed to ‘A.G. Patterson’ on the front cover; and the book ‘A Seaman’s Pocket Book June 1943’, as published by His Majesty’s Stationary Office, stamped Cambridge University Naval Division 12th January 1944, and inscribed on the inside front cover to: ‘P/JX738817 A.G. Patterson’.
Alexander Patterson was born on 14th March 1887 in Portlethen, Kincardine, Scotland, and having worked as a farm servant, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Chatham No.231018) with Pembroke I on 6th June 1904, before being rated as a Boy 1st Class with Northampton on 5th September 1904. Rated as an Ordinary Seaman on 4th March 1905, and then as a Signaller on 10th April 1905, he was advanced to Qualified Signaller whilst aboard H.M.S Bulwark on 4th April 1907, and promoted to Signalman on 1st October 1907, before being rerated at a Telegrapher on 29th January 1908, and promoted to Leading Telegrapher on 10th June 1908.

Patterson joined the scout cruiser H.M.S Adventure on 22nd August 1908, and hence would not have been present on the occasion of the Messina Earthquake on 28th December 1908 in Sicily, as he is recorded as still serving aboard Adventure at the time of the earthquake, and not aboard the battleship H.M.S Duncan as his medal states. H.M.S Duncan was present during the relief operations in the aftermath of the earthquake. Patterson is not recorded as entitled to this medal, but nevertheless appears to have worn it with his group, and had it inscribed to him.

Patterson was serving aboard the cruiser H.M.S Lancaster on the outbreak of the Great War, and saw service with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station, until returning to joined the Grand Fleet in 1915. Promoted to Petty Officer Telegrapher on 6th April 1915, he was then posted to Victory I on 8th April 1918, and then joined the training establishment H.M.S Ganges on 4th March 1916 where he remained for the rest of the war.   

Posted to the destroyer H.M.S Montrose on 25th February 1919, and acting under the command of the depot ship Blenheim, Patterson was aboard Montrose assisting in the evacuation of the remnants of the White Army at Novorossiysk, a harbour near the Black Sea, in March 1920 during the Russian Civil War. Patterson was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 21st April 1920.

Patterson was pensioned on 24th February 1927, but on the outbreak of the Second World War was recalled as a Chief Petty Officer Telegrapher with Pembroke I on 30th August 1939, and then joined Bacchante, the Naval Base at Aberdeen on 23rd September 1939, and saw service with this establishment during the war.


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