Joseph Paterson

Gordon highlanders

1st Batt. Gordon Highlanders
He is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial, the West United Free Church Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 4.

The family home was 75, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh The son of the late Joseph and Mary Paterson (nee McDonald).
Siblings: Joseph had one younger brother, James and two sisters, Hannah and Euphemia.

Joseph Paterson was born in Helensburgh, where his father was a mason journeyman.

On leaving school, he joined the Gordon Highlanders at the age of 16 and trained as a piper.

Initially reported missing on 28th August 1914, it was later confirmed on 1st January 1915 that he was killed in action on that date. He was 20 years old. His remains were not recovered.