Colin Dearnley PATRICK

PATRICK, Colin Dearnley

Service Numbers: 114, Q208356
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th (QLD) Battalion VDC
Born: Maytown, Queensland, 25 May 1890
Home Town: Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Watchmaker
Died: Natural Causes, Gladstone, Queensland, 29 April 1965, aged 74 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: East Brisbane War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
25 Apr 1915: Wounded Sergeant, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (left arm)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
4 Dec 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 114, 9th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

6 May 1942: Enlisted Lieutenant, SN Q208356, Gladstone, Queensland
6 May 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN Q208356, 10th (QLD) Battalion VDC
7 May 1942: Involvement Lieutenant, SN Q208356, 10th (QLD) Battalion VDC, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
Date unknown: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lieutenant, SN Q208356, 10th (QLD) Battalion VDC

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Biography

"Returned Soldier Honoured

Members of the Gladstone sub-branch of the RSSAILA assembled at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday night when Mr P. A. Friend presented Mr C. D. Patrick, treasurer of the Gladstone branch, with the league's gold medal and certificate of merit. Mr P. A. Friend, who made the presentation on behalf of the Gladstone branch, also possesses the league's gold medal and certificate of merit and is a life member of the league. In making the presentation Mr Friend quoted the citation which stated that Mr Colin Dearnley Patrick, together with Messrs Claude Henderson and Colin Milward, assisted in forming the Queensland Returned Soldiers' Association in 1916 and 1917. This association was formed into the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, Queensland branch, and Patrick was one of the executives of the association. Later Mr Patrick transferred to Toowoomba, where he assisted in forming the sub-branch there, becoming treasurer, and was also appointed a trustee of the funds being raised for the erection of their hall. In 1919 he came to Gladstone, where he settled in business and has lived there ever since. He joined the   Gladstone sub-branch, which, through certain circumstances, was disbanded after a few years. In 1930 the branch was re-formed and Mr Patrick was elected treasurer, a position he had held ever since. The finances had grown from nothing to the state when the present modern buildings had been erected and he had been active in assisting to raise the necessary funds. Mr Patrick had been a keen worker the whole period and had acted as distress officer for the branch, which position he had carried out with tact and understanding. On his arrival in Gladstone, Mr Patrick was elected as a member of the local Repatriation Committee and has continued an active member of that body, which was still functioning. During World War II he was elected a member of the local Patriotic Fund and has been actively associated with that body up to the present. He was also a member of the V.D.C. in this area and finally became officer in charge of the local unit until it was disbanded. He had organised and had charge of the arrangements for Anzac Day in Gladstone for many years. His five sons served in World War II, one of of whom was killed at Tobruk.

Mr Friend continued by saying that he had known Mr Colin Patrick since his arrival in Gladstone and during the period that he (Mr Friend) was president Mr Patrick was of inestimable assistance in making the league function. In conclusion, Mr Friend wished Mr Patrick a long life and a happy one.  In supporting Mr Friend, Mr C. H. King, president of the Gladstone sub-branch, said that he had been associated with Mr Patrick since 1945 and during that period he had been a tower of strength. Mr Patrick was definitely not a "Yes" man and his every action was aimed to benefit the league as a whole. On behalf of the members, Mr King congratulated Mr Patrick and wished him a long life and a happy one. On receiving the gold medal, Mr Patrick thanked the Gladstone branch for the recommendation and stated that anything he had done for the league had been for the soldier himself. After arriving in Gladstone he had made the league his hobby and had carried on long before the league had a hall of any kind." - from the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 29 Aug 1953 (nla.gov.au)

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