Jasper Younger Paterson
His grandfather, James Paterson (1802-1891), was my great great great grandfather.
Jasper was born on 5th August 1882 in Morebattle, Roxburghshire. The family moved to Eckford, Roxburghshire and are listed there in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. (Before Morebattle the family had lived in Legerwood.
Jasper in the 1901 census is listed as an Agricultural Labourer and his father Fyfe Paterson is listed as a shepherd. Jasper had three sisters (Emily, Janet and Marion).
Jasper emigrated to Canada, to Manitoba, in 1913, sailing on the Teutonic, which arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 23 March 1913.
On 19 November 1915 he enlisted in the 179th (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) Battalion which was based in Winnipeg. He was unmarried.
His enlistment document gives his “Trade or Calling” as shown above. (Is this “Trapper”? )
His father’s address at the time of his enlistment is given as 22 Viewforth Street, Edinburgh.
The battalion sailed to England, and to war, in October 1916.
His service number was 859340.
Jasper Paterson was killed on 29 June 1917 at the age of 35. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial says he was in the 43rd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.
He is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.
His father Fyfe Paterson died, in Edinburgh, five weeks after Jasper’s death.
Jasper Paterson is listed on the war memorial in Eckford, but is a later addition.
See also my articles on Stewart Paterson, molecatcher and on Family Connections with the First World War