Angus Paterson, 5 Upper Barvas
Private ANGUS PATERSON
Last address in Lewis: 5 Upper Barvas,
Son of Kenneth and Chirsty Macdonald Paterson, of Mission House, Geshader, Miavaig, Lewis. Native of Upper Barvas.
Service unit: 2nd Seaforth Highlanders
Service number: 1149
Enlisted at Fort George, Inverness
Date of death: 15 September 1914 at the age of 18
Killed in action in France
Interred: Crouy-Vauxrot French National Cemetery, grave A. 9.
Angus appears in the 1901 census, aged 4, the son of Kenneth (31) and Chirsty (30), and brother of Donald (6) and Kenneth (1½).
His brother Donald was a lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps; he had been wounded at Gallipoli in 1915, but survived the war.
From the battalion war diary
We find the unit at Ferme La Montagne, outside Bucy-le-Long, just east of Soissons in northern France.
During the night and early morning we dug trenches, and altered their position, drawing them back in rear of the crest of the hill so that they were invisible to the enemy. The field of fire was not materially lessened, still remaining very bad (from 100 to 200 yards only), but the general line confirmed better to the general line taken up by troops on our flanks - C & D corps relieved A & B after dark last night. Only intermittent shell fire was directed on us at first, and we were able to continue to improve our front line, as well as to dig in our supports and reserves. The tool cart had been brought up and we were able to make better shape at retrenching - about 11am heavy shrapnel fire was opened on us, followed later by very heavy high explosive shell fire. This luckily did very little damage as we were now well entrenched. There were a few casualties among men who were caught in the open - about 1pm, the fire weakened, and the afternoon was fairly quiet. After dark, work of improving trenches was continued, headcover and communication along the line being carried on with. The night was very wet but quite quiet. Heavy engagement on our left (French) and some firing on our right.