John Pattinson

John Pattinson, 161176. Gunner, 8th Reserve Bde., Royal Field Artillery. April 30th. 1917. Age 19.

Photograph donated by Mrs Winnie Edmondson (nee Pattinson), Lowick.


John Pattinson is not named on the memorial, but buried in the churchyard.

Cartmel Parish Magazine of November 1916 contains the following,"Gunner John Pattinson of Howbarrow Farm, is in Ireland."

April 1917,"We sympathize very much, too, with the wife (Margaret ) and family and brother of James Pattinson, of Howbarrow Farm, who was buried at Field Broughton on March 21st. He had been in poor health for some time, but we had hoped he would get better with the approach of warmer weather. The War has pressed hardly on the older farmers, who have had to keep going out of doors in wintry weather, and have suffered a good deal of sickness in consequence."

Then in May 1917," It is with very great sorrow that we have to record the death of Gunner John Richard Pattinson, RFA, at his home, Howbarrow Farm, on Monday April 30th. He was only 19yrs old, and was a Communicant of Cartmel Church. He attended his father's funeral last month, and when afterwards he came home on leave he was found to be suffering from scarlet fever. The after effects of this illness seem to have gone to his brain, and he was never conscious after April 26th. The burden of sorrow at Howbarrow has been a very heavy one, but John Pattinson died in the service of his king and country, and this is a glory which can never be taken away. By the time these words are printed his body will be resting in the peaceful churchyard of Field Broughton. A good son and brother* will be sadly missed at Howbarrow, and we shall miss his honest face and kindly ways."

* John's brother was Joseph Pattinson who married Second World War casualty Fred Simpson's eldest sister, Eleanor, and farmed at Broughton Grove Farm, Field Broughton.