Percy Charles Pateman was born in Chailey in 1890, his birth recorded at Lewes in the December quarter of that year. He appears on the 1901 census of
Percy Pateman is first noted as serving his King and Country in the November 1914 issue of Chailey’s parish magazine. In October 1915 it is reported that Gunner Percy C Pateman has been invalided and then the following month that he has been invalided and returned to active service.
In December 1915, the parish magazine reports, Pateman, Gnr P, RFA,
followed in January 1916 by the note that he is now in England . Percy Pateman appears to have served
throughout the war, his name appearing in the final published roll call
published in July 1919. France
In June 1917, Percy was back in
, a fact
reported in the East Sussex News on the 29th (Friday) of that month: England
At St Peter’s Church, Chailey – Gunner Percy Charles Pateman (RFA) second son of Mr Thomas Pateman of Holford Farm, Chailey and Miss Alice Edith Page (eldest daughter of the late Rifleman Samuel Page of Lewes). Wedding took place on Monday. The bridegroom left on Wednesday for France, the bride returning to
to resume her duties at a munitions factory. London
The wedding must have been heavy with sadness. The bride’s father had died while on active service in
that same month. The Commonwealth War
Graves Commission reports his date of death as 6th India June 1917 and his age as 42. He was 206668 Rifleman S Page of the 24th
Rifle Brigade, a Home Counties Battalion which had arrived in in
October 1916. It adds the additional information that he was the "son of
Samuel and Sarah Page; husband of Martha Eliza Page". Martha had died in May 1911 and Samuel’s
cause of death, recorded on his death certificate, is “Tubercle of the Lung”. His age at death is also noted as 45 rather
than 42. Samuel Page is commemorated on
1914-1918 War Memorial. His body lies in
one of 24 cemeteries in what was then northern Karachi but which is now India . None of these cemeteries are now maintained
by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the records identifying the one
in which Samuel Page’s remains lie appear to have been lost. Pakistan
The National Archives notes Percy Pateman’s army number as 82015. His brother, Walter Pateman and his cousins Alfred Pateman, Charles Pateman and Thomas Pateman MM also served their King and Country during the First World War.
Percy's service record does not survive but a fragment does. Helpfully, this lists the following information: 82015 Percy Pateman, 12th Reserve Battery, MT Section of 6th Divisional Artillery Column, enlisted 14th August 1914 for 3 & 9. The period of enlistment is important because it shows that Percy enlisted as a regular soldier and not simply for the duration of the war. A record also survives for him in the Royal Artillery Archives which notes a post war number for him: 1013273. It also adds that when he joined up in August 1914 he did so at Brighton and was working as a farm labourer. His marriage to Alice is recorded, as are the births of three children: Evelyn Lilian Maud Pateman (1920), Elsie Kathleen Pateman (1921) and Samuel George Thomas (1923). He was finally discharged form the army on 13th August 1926, 12 years to the day since he had joined up, his character noted as "very good".
Percy Pateman died in 1958 after a long illness; his wife
in 1982. Alice
Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.