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Lt-Col John Henry Patterson DSO


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Assuming that orthochromatic distortion does not apply, the photo looks to have him with MC and another ribbon after, but not yet a DSO.

Charlie

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12 minutes ago, charlie962 said:

Assuming that orthochromatic distortion does not apply, the photo looks to have him with MC and another ribbon after, but not yet a DSO.

 

There is also another good photo here for comparison:

LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN HENRY PATTERSON | Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk)

But I am myself fairly certain that the ribbons in both are of the Distinguished Service Order followed by that of the Queen's South Africa medal, both as typically affected by orthochromatic film, which would appear to be correct for his pre-WW1 service in the Boer War. 

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4 minutes ago, Andrew Upton said:

affected by orthochromatic film

I think you are correct because the inner band is wider than the two outer bands which is correct for DSO but not MC !

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Thanks for looking at this Charlie & Andrew

Yes, his DSO was for action in South Africa and awarded before his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel

I believe that the IWM is mistaken in adding the MC, but I was afraid that I had missed something.

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2 minutes ago, michaeldr said:

I believe that the IWM is mistaken in adding the MC, but I was afraid that I had missed somethin

A newspaper search pre, during and post ww1 only ever refer to his DSO.

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Just as an additional piece of evidence - medal group of Major Charles Herbert Mallock who died in 1917:

Gallantry and Distinguished Service - J Collins Medals

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Thanks again, both

Andrew, thanks for the Mallock example which is very instructive indeed

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1 hour ago, Andrew Upton said:

Just as an additional piece of evidence - medal group of Major Charles Herbert Mallock w

Hopefully I've now stored this in my head...

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