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Full Name: Derek Basil Gordon Paterson
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Derek Basil Gordon
Surname: Paterson
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 17214
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk
Next of Kin: Mrs B. Paterson (mother), 16 Sefton Street, Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: C/o Bank of New South Wales, Dunedin, New Zealand
Military District: Dunedin
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Reinforcements
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 4
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 276
Campaigns: Western Desert
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Western Desert
Date of Death: 5 July 1942
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1942
Cemetery Name: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Grave Reference: I. G. 16.
Biographical Notes: Derek Paterson was the son of Charles Austin Paterson and Beatrice Paterson, of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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