STEPS TO GLORY - PRIVATE PATEMAN GOES TO WAR
The story of a Gypsy,
Walter Pateman, born on Leg of Mutton Common, Farnborough, Kent,
in 1886. He married another Gypsy, Priscilla Arnold. When the
Great War broke out, he did not rush to volunteer because he
was an older man with a young family but, following the introduction
of conscription in 1916, he enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment.
Within days of his arrival
on the Western Front he took part in an attack which proved to
be one of the final actions of the Battle of the Somme. He also
went back into action in the Bouchavsnes sector, and trained
for a major attack which was due to take place on 4 March 1917.
In preparation for this attack, night patrols and raids were
sent out into No Mans Land to gauge the strength of the
enemy. During one of these raids on 27 February 1917, Walter
was killed near Leg of Mutton Wood.
Seven Steps to Glory
is the story of Walter Patemans journey, from his birth
on Leg of Mutton Common, to his death near Leg of Mutton Wood.
By John Pateman (A5, 100
pages, perfect bound)
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