Lance-Corporal Hugh John Pate

Lance-Corporal Hugh John Pate served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was  523310.

He was born on December 15 th, 1874 in Cambridge, England

1881 Census taken in Cambridge, Cambridge, England

John Hugh Pate : Born in 1874 in Cambridge, England   Occupation : scholar

John Leaden Pate (father) : Born in 1838 in Downham, Norfolk, England

Occupation : Carpenter Master Employing 11 Men 3 Boys

Mary Anne Weeson (mother) : Born in 1844 in Cambridge, Cambridge, England

1901 British census

John Hugh : Born in Canterbury Cambridge Chesterton Trade : Carpenter and joiner

Living at 13 Bluecoat street in West Nottingham

Father Born in Downham Isle of Ely Cambridgeshire Chesterton    Trade : Builder


He enlisted on July 12th 1916 in Scarcee Camp, Calgary  in the 1st Field Ambulance Depot. He lied about his age on enlistment, he said he was born in 1880. He also mentionned that he served for 9 years prior to his enlistment in the 2nd Regiment Queen Own Rifles

Trade : salesman

Religion : Church of England   Status : single    Height : 5′ 8″

Eyes : grey      Hair : auburn      Weight : 150 lbs.

December 21st : Embarked in Halifax on the SS Olympic. Arrived in England on December 26th

July 1st, 1917 : Promoted Corporal

July 18th: Received the Good Conduct badge

October 15th: Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital in Buxton.

February 4th, 1918 : He was reverted to the rank of private

September 10th: Transferred overseas. Attached to the 1st Canadian General Hospital.

July 2 nd 1919: Struck of strength of the 16th Canadian General Hospital

August 13th : Sailed from England on sailing list 34. Arrived in Canada on August 21st. Discharged on that day.

Died January 30th, 1966 resulting a car accident at the Veteran’s hospital in British Columbia. Buried in Oak Burial Park – Grove Victoria, Falaise Drive Vancouver Island, British Columbia O plot 249 grave 10 / west. No marker is existing for his grave (email from Judy Wasylenko). His death certificate state he was cremated on February 3rd, he was a retired clergyman and single.

February 2 nd 1966 –  Times Colonist PATE – died 30 Jan 1966 – Rev. Fr. Hugh John Pate, 91y, former pastor of St.George’s Liberal Catholic Church 2512 Douglas St. The late Rev. Fr. Pate served overseas in France in WW 1 with the RCAMC. Haywards Funeral Chapel – Cremation

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography

Private Hugh John Pate WW1 medals

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