LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: La Chaudiere Military Cemetery is approximately 3 kilometres south of Lens and is situated on the north-western outskirts of Vimy.
Vimy Ridge was taken by the Canadian Corps in April 1917 in the Battle
of Vimy Ridge, although the 25th and 47th (London) Divisions had also been
involved in heavy fighting there in May 1916.
Victoria Cross: 808887 Private, John George Pattison, VC, 50th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), killed in action 03/06/1917, aged 42. Plot VI. C. 14. Son of Harry and Mary Pattison; husband of Mrs. S. L. Pattison, of Suite 12, Curtis Block, Calgary, Alberta. Native of New Cross, England.
An extract from "The London Gazette," No.30215, dated 31st July, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in attack. When the advance of our troops was held up by an enemy machine gun, which was inflicting severe casualties, Pte. Pattison, with utter disregard of his own safety, sprang forward and, jumping from shell-hole to shell-hole, reached cover within thirty yards of the enemy gun. From this point, in face of heavy fire, he hurled bombs, killing and wounding some of the crew, then rushed forward overcoming and bayoneting the surviving five gunners. His valour and initiative undoubtedly saved the situation and made possible the further advance to the objective."
Casualty Details: UK 268, Canada 638, Total Burials: 906