Portrait image of Lieutenant Ernest Ellerman Paterson, MC. Served 22 Battalion AIF. Killed in action 3 October 1918.

Unit 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Accession Number P05833.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Print
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Ernest Ellerman Paterson, 22nd Battalion, of South Yarra, VIC. A commercial traveller prior to enlistment he embarked from Melbourne with the 18th Reinforcements aboard HMAT Hororata (A20) on 23 November 1916. Lt Paterson was awarded a Military Cross (MC) in May 1918 at Ville-sur-Ancre for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty after his company commander was wounded early in the attack, and he took command, and, under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, reorganised the company and advanced on the objective. He was suddenly confronted with a hostile machine gun detachment, who were bringing their guns into action. According to the recommendation "He immediately attacked and captured the gun, making prisoners of the men. His company suffered heavy losses, both in officers and men, but he maintained their spirit and endurance by his cool handling of the situation and his courage and composure under heavy fire." Lt Paterson was later killed in action fighting for the Hindenburg Line on 3 October 1918, he was 37 years of age.