PATTRICK Howard Beecham
3/800 Captain, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, WW1
557 Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

CITATION
Military Cross
Gazetted 2 December 1918, p14291
During operations lasting several days, he displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  On one occasion he was
blown up by a shell and badly shaken, but he declined to retire, and carried on with his men. When all the officers had become
casualties, he took command of the company, and it was largely owing to his fine and resolute leadership that the objective
was quickly reached.  He set a splendid example to his men.

KNOWN AWARDS
Military Cross
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 13 April 1884
Died 7 May 1962 Dunedin, New Zealand
Buried Anderson’s Bay Cemetery, Dunedin [Block 45S. Plot 144]

OBITUARY
On 7th May 1962 Captain Howard Beecham PATTRICK, 3/800, 1NZEF, aged 77 years, passed the last frontier.  Affectionately known as ‘Pat’, he was a valed member of R Squadron.  He called himself ’Blank file’ but he was far from that.  He carried out for many years, collections from business firms in Dunedin, in order to enable R Squadron to give Christmas parties and gifts to children in orphanages of all denominations.  He latterly lived in Monticillo Veteran’s Home.  Capt S.R HEATHMAN, OC of R Squadron, represented the Legion at his funeral.

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