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Sargent Francis John Patterson, Southern Rhodesian Reconnaissance Regiment & South African Technical Service Corps (Tanks)

Immanual Masters, born on the 25th of April 1920, was an apprentice miner from Gatooma Southern Rhodesia before the war, attesting for service with Southern Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment. It is unsure how long he was with the unit, only that in December 1942 he was transferred over the South Africa Transport Corps, before being re-mustered as a signaler and serving with the South African Corps of Signals. He was made Artificer/ Wireless operator whist with the unit. In June 1943 he is listed off strength with 14th Motor Brigade Signals Squadron and was transferred to 8th Army Signals. In January 1944 he was admitted to hospital. He was attached to UK forces.

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Francis John Patterson  2 years with SR prior to Joining SA forces SR597854V 7th of May 1912, born in Praetoria Fitter by Trade Wife and himself both living in Joburg at time of Attestment to Pietermaritzburg SA forces, 1st December 1942 Jan 1943 disembarked Suez Feb 1943 A Company, R+TR Feb 1943 A Class Artisan, Fitter Mine Laying and lifting course in Feb 1943 May 1943 transferred from 1 SASC (tanks) to Technical Service Corp May 1943 posted to 3 Armoured Brigade Workshops July 1943 detached to 12 Light AA regiment SAA 17th July 1943 5th or 8th UDF AFV Artisan Course title: Crusader, 61% score PASSED November 1943 Posted back to 12 Light AA On strength 1/12 AA Regiment December 1943 in Hospital Put under stoppage of pay 19 Shillings (Deficiency in and Injury to Equipment, Loss of) 24(2) October 1944 granted rank of Sargent (In Italy from April 1944) Post to 27 SAA Workshop Discharged Document Sargent at discharge Discharged to be re-absorbed in SR Forces, served 2 years 300 days 26th September 1945.


This Group is accompanied by photocopies of Patterson’s South African Service documents and South African Legion Correspondence with the Department of Defence SA.