Award Citation for British Empire Medal as published in London Gazette on 18 Nov 1941:
The ship was torpedoed and sank in six minutes. Three boats were lowered but very heavy seas were running and only one was picked up. This boat was in the charge of Able Seaman Patterson who, though only nineteen years old, by coolness, steadfastness and good seamanship, kept it afloat in the great seas for fifty-three hours and so saved
the lives of ten of his shipmates.
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