Paton, John Edward


Edward Paton was the eldest son of John and Susan Paton of Waun Wern, Pontypool, Monmouthshire. His father was a colliery owner. His two younger brothers were also at Winchester. Edward came to the school from Copthorne School and was a member of the Bisley VIII in 1913 and 1914. He was a Sergeant in the OTC. He passed the entrance examination for Pembroke College, Oxford in the spring of 1914 but the war broke out just after he left the school and he obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the territorial 2nd Monmouthshire Regiment.

He left for France at the beginning of November that year and was eventually sent to Bailleul. The 2nd Monmouths were involved in the famous Christmas Day Truce of 1914 although the Germans shot two men from the battalion after they had taken them cigarettes and tobacco. Paton was wounded in the trenches at Le Bizet on the morning of Thursday 31st December, and died the same afternoon. He was the first officer of the battalion to be killed in the war and was mentioned in Despatches in January 1915.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Paton
  • Forenames or initials: John Edward
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Monmouthshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 6th September 1895
  • Date of Death: 31st December 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CALVAIRE (ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave I.B.12