Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Richard Paterson Agar

Photo of Richard Paterson Agar
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1909 - 1915.

Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders.
Died: 14 October 1916 aged 20 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Guards Cemetery Les Boeufs VIII. D. 3.

Born: 11th July 1896 at 10 Montgomery Terrace, Ayr.
Father: William Morison Paterson (Dress Goods Manufacturer).
Mother: Margaret Swale Paterson (M.S. Agar).
Adopted son of R. Agar, Edgecombe Hall, Wimbledon Park, S.W. b. 1896.
Lower IV—Science I. School Prefect; House XI Football.
Cadet Officer.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders 1916.

At enlistment in May 1915, lived at Edgecombe Hall, Beaumont St, Wimbledon Park, London.
Brother: James A Paterson was killed near Ypres on October 30th 1914.

'After passing through Sandhurst he was gazetted to the Seaforth Highlanders, and went out to France on July 18th, where he was killed in action on October 14th. His cheerful and generous nature endeared him to all his contemporaries at School, and many boys owed much to his kindly and thoughtful influence.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

War Diary:
"He and his company were endeavouring to attain Dewdrop Trench, he was killed by very heavy machine gun fire while being driven back to Rainy Trench."
War Diary says that "he was a splendid officer and his death is a great loss to the Battalion".Ref

Service Record: WO 339/57485Extracts

Medal Card: WO 372/1/26326
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1483/5 (1916 July 1 - 1916 Dec 31)