Bertram Bell Patten MM

Rank: 
Bombardier
Regimental number: 
323993
Unit at enlistment: 
14th Brigade C.F.A., 55th Battery
Force: 
C.E.F.
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Volunteered
Survived the war: 
No
Date of death: 
November 9th, 1917
Cemetery: 
Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery - Ypres, Belgium - IX.C.28.
Awards or decorations: 
Military Medal
Commemorated at: 
St. George Memorial Plaque, Merchants Bank of Canada Honour Roll
Birth country: 
Canada
Birth county: 
Brant
Birth city: 
St. George, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
Walkerton, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
St. George, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Bank clerk
Employer: 
Merchants Bank of Canada
Religious denominations: 
Baptist
Marital status: 
Single
Age at enlistment: 
25
Gallantry medals: 
Yes

Letters and documents

London Gazette: 30364
Date: November 2, 1917
Honour or Award: Military Medal
Authority: R.O. 3760, Burstall, September 9, 1917
Name: Patten, Bertram Bell (323993)
Unit: 20th Field Battery C.F.A.

Details: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 17th August 1917. On three separate occasions this man went out under heavy shell fire, machine gun and rifle fire, and endeavored to establish communication with the Battery. On one of these occasions he was out for a period of three hours working in the darkness through the enemy barrage in an effort to maintain communication and only desisted when ordered to do so. The courage, coolness and devotion to duty of this man afforded an excellent example to the rest of the men in the Battery.

Circumstances of Casualty: Killed in Action.
Location of Unit at Time of Casualty: Positions South West of Passchendaele.

BX November 23, 1917

Bertram Bell Patten Reported Killed in Action

Bombardier Bertram Bell Patten, St. George, Ont., is reported killed in action.  Bombardier Patten at the time of enlisting was accountant in the Branch of the Merchant’s Bank at Walkerton.  He enlisted with the 55th Battery at Guelph in March, 1916, with which battery he went overseas in September and proceeded to France with the 20th Battery in March, 1917, where he won the M.M. and was killed in action in Belgium, Nov. 9. 1917.  He was the youngest son of Mr. And Mrs. T.J. Patten of St. George, Ont., and before going overseas was married to Miss Irene Pletsch of Mildmay.