Patten, Francis Hope

He was the son of Hugh Patten of Edinburgh, and one of four Wykehamist brothers. He came to Winchester from Twyford School, rose to be Head of his House and distinguished himself in mathematics. He would have gone to Sandhurst in December 1916, but was delayed by serious illness and by the time he recovered he had passed the age limit.

He accordingly entered the Royal Flying Corps direct in June 1917, and after courses of training at Farnborough, Hursley Park and Oxford, he was given his commission the following October. He was killed accidentally while flying at Harling Road, Norfolk, on January 14th 1918, the morning on which he had qualified for his certificate. He was transferred to the War Hospital in Norwich but died that evening and is buried in Grave B.B.212 of the Edinburgh (Dean or Western) Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Patten
  • Forenames or initials: Francis Hope
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1912-1916
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Air Force
  • Date of Birth: 13th September 1898
  • Date of Death: 14th January 1918
  • How Died: Killed in a flying accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Edinburgh (Dean or Western) Cemetery