THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
PATERSON Robertson McKay
73817 Captain, WW2
30056 Lieutenant Colonel, 16th Field Regiment, Royal NZ Artillery

CITATION
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Gazetted 30 December 1969, p41

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted
In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Korea during the period 1st July to 31 December 1952.
Lieutenant Colonel Paterson has commanded 16th New Zealand Field Regiment since February 1952 and has done so with outstanding courage, ability and success.  His Regiment has given continuous and devoted support not only to its affiliated 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade but to the whole Division.  Lieutenant Colonel Paterson has been indefatigable in arranging fire support for the infantry, in visiting his forward Observing Officers and the Observation Posts and in setting a high standard of duty under all and every operational condition.  A badly damaged leg has had no effect on his energy and he has doggedly refused to let it affect his ubiquity.  The devotion of his New Zealanders to their guns, the high courage in battle of their forward Observing parties and linesmen, and the quick unfailing support of the whole Regiment reflect the fine personal qualities of leadership, the sense of duty and the efficiency of the Commanding Officer.

AWARDS
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
New Zealand Operational Service Medal
New Zealand Service Medal 1946-49
Korea Medal
United Nations Medal Korea
Coronation Medal 1953
New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Regular

NOTES
Born 12 February 1918, Glasgow, Scotland
Died 19 July 1972, North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand