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John Patterson

Merchant Navy. British

Born  19 Nov 1922North Shields


18 Nov 1941British Empire Medal (BEM)
18 Nov 1941Lloyd's War Medal

Roster information listed for John Patterson

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Black OspreySteam merchantAble Seaman18 Feb 1941U-96 (1)

Personal information

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.


  1. The National Archives (T 335/22)

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