b. 01/1873 Green Riggs, Cumberland. d. 28/01/1908 Roachburn Colliery, Tindale, Cumberland.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 28/01/1908 Roachburn Colliery, Tindale, Cumberland.
Robert was the eldest of four sons born in Green Riggs, Cumberland to George and Annie Pattinson (nee Smith). Robert became a miner from a young age, and married Elizabeth in 1898. He and Elizabeth had three daughters and two sons. Tragically his youngest son, Robert junior, was born shortly after Robert’s death at the Roachburn Pit on 28th January 1908. Robert was posthumously awarded the Edward Medal.
On the 28th January, 1908, a heavy fall of roof took place at the Roachburn Colliery, Cumberland. A miner named William Wharton having failed to escape, Robert Pattinson and Matthew Hilliard descended the mine in order to rescue him, but did not return.
BURIAL LOCATION: BODY NOT RECOVERED.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.