Updated:  7 Sept 2021
Lancer Richard Pattinson, fought with the 16th Lancers in Afghanistan and India in the 1830s to 1840s. Later he transferred to the 10th Hussars, for a short time before moving to the 97th (The Earl of Ulster’s) Regiment in Nova Scotia, Canada. He retired in 1850 to London, Ontario. In 1855, he took a post, as a cavalry officer, with the Turkish Contingent during the Crimean War. In 1857, he was appointed as Lieutenant-Governor of Heligoland and kept that post until his retirement in 1863.

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Can anyone direct me to where I can acquire an image of Major Richard Pattinson.
[As Governor of Heligoland he might have had a carte de visite (CDV) made.]

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Early Years
Richard, the son of Richard Pattinson and his wife Elenor [various spellings] Phillis Askin was born 4 March 1809 and baptized on 12 March 1809 at St. John’s Church of  England, Sandwich in the Western District of the Province of Upper Canada (now Ontario).

His Father

Richard Pattinson
(ca 1773-1818), a merchant doing business in Detroit who, in 1796, chose to remain a  British subject and moved to Sandwich, Upper Canada [now Ontario]. He was a fur trader, sawmill owner, store owner, ship owner and land speculator. He was a Captain in the 2nd Essex militia. He fought at Detroit (16 Aug. 1812) and Frenchtown (22 Jan. 1813) during the War of 1812. He suffered major property losses during the war. He represented Essex County in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1812 to 1816. He died at Albany, N.Y., on the 1st of January 1818, age about 45 years.

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  Who were his parents? He had a half-brother named Hugh, on whom I have very little information.

His Mother
Ellen Phillis Askin (1788 – 1813), was born in Detroit, married Richard Pattinson in 1808, in Sandwich, and died in 1813 near Moraviantown, Upper Canada. [Ellen Phillis, Felicity Eleonora / Nelly, Elenora Phillis various spellings noted]

His Sisters

He had a half-sister, Mary Anne (1803-1836) who was the daughter of Judith de Joncaire de Chabert (1783-1804). Judith and Richard senior married on the 24th of April 1802 at Petit Cote, Sandwich, Upper Canada. Mary Anne was born on 8 August 1803 at l’Assumption, Sandwich. She was married on 13 April 1824, at Oak Bank, near Glasgow, to Arthur John Robertson, Esquire of Inches. [Her name is given as Marieanne.] She died at Oak Bank on 10 September 1836.

He had a sister, Ellen Phyllis (Felicity Eleonora) (1811-1861) who was born February 22, 1811 at l’Assumption, Sandwich. She married, on 31 October 1832, at Inches House, John Baillie Rose, second son of the late Colonel Hugh Rose of Kilravock the 12th Baron. Major John Rose Baillie, of the 55th regiment served in the Crimea. He was killed at the battle of Alma on 21 September 1854. He died without issue. She died at her residence in Bath, England on 14 April 1861.
He went to school in Montreal and after his father's death, in 1818, he and his sisters were sent to Scotland. From 1822 to 1829 Richard studied at Glasgow and Cambridge Universities.


16th Lancers
November 16, 1832: entered H.M. 16th Lancers as Cornet by purchase.

April 18, 1834: was promoted to be Lieutenant by purchase.

Arrives in India
By 1836, he was in India based at Meerut in the Northern part of the country.

Campaign of the Indus
From January 1838 to 1839, he served in the campaign of the Indus under Lord Keane, as aide-de-camp to Brigadier James Robertson Arnold K.H. of the 16th Lancers who commanded the Bengal Cavalry of the Army of the Indus.

Capture of Ghuznee

From 21 to 23 July, 1839, he was present and active in the engagement and capture of Ghuznee (medal), during which he was wounded.

Major of Brigade

In 1839, he was appointed and served as Major of Brigade to the 3rd Brigade of cavalry, under Brigadier Cureton, in the army of Gwalior and on the Sutlej.

Battle of Maharajpoor
(mentioned in dispatches)

On the 29th of December, 1843, he was present and engaged at the battle of Maharajpoor (medal), being at that time on the staff of General Cureton. He acted as Assistant-Adjutant-General of the Cavalry under Brigadier Cureton during Sir Harry Smith's operations in the Upper Sutlej. On January 4th, 1844 he was mentioned in dispatches.
Buddewal affair
On 21 January, 1846, he had a charger killed under him at the affair of Buddewal.

Battle of Aliwal
On 28 January 1846, he served as Adjutant-General of cavalry at the battle of Aliwal (medal).

Battle of Sobraon
(mentioned in dispatches)

On 10 February 1846, he served as Brigade-Major of cavalry to the 1st Brigade at the battle of Sobraon (clasp). On February 13, 1846 he was mentioned in dispatches.
On April 23, 1847 he was promoted to Captain by purchase.


10th Hussars
Exchanges into the 10th Hussars
On May 7, 1847, he exchanged into the 10th Hussars as Captain. “Capt. Pattinson’s object in exchanging into the 10th Hussars, is to resume service in India, the field of his former gallant exploits." His stay with them was only for a short period. During this time he met his wife to be and seems then to have wanted a more peaceful existence and a return to Canada.


97th Regiment of Foot
Exchanges into the 97th Regiment of Foot
On 3 September 1847, he exchanged into the 97the Regiment of Foot as a Captain.

Nova Scotia
The Regiment deployed to Malta in April 1847. In September of 1848, the Regiment moved to Nova Scotia and remained there until its return to England in May 1853.

On 14 June 1850, he retired by the sale of his commission.


First Retirement

The Major and his wife retired to Brough’s Bridge just north of London, Upper Canada in London Township (now Middlesex Centre). He involved himself in the management of the lands left to him by his father. He also did some land speculation. His two children were born on his property called 'Harnside.'

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What else was Major Richard Pattinson involved in during the five years he was in London, Ontario?


Turkish Contingent
1 August 1855, Richard Pattinson, was Gazetted to have the local rank of Captain in the Turkish Contingent.


Turkish Crimea medal

TurkishCrimeaMedal.jpg27 March 1855: He was appointed Major in the cavalry of the Turkish Contingent.

He acted as Adjutant-General of cavalry, in the Turkish Contingent, under Major-General Shirley.

He was appointed to the command of the 3rd regiment of carabiniers.

He served in the Turkish contingent until its dissolution (1856?)

He was awarded the Turkish Crimea medal.

Order of the Medjidie, 4th class OM4thClass.JPGMajor R. Pattinson was awarded the Order of the Medjidie, 4th class.


Lieutenant-Governor of Heligoland
Appointed Lt.-Governor of Heligoland
On 7 March 1857: Major Richard Pattinson was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Heligoland.

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2. There seems to have been a newspaper / magazine / newsletter published on the Island. What was it called and where are there copies?
Jessey dies

His wife dies suddenly, at Bremen, Germany, on the 25th October 1858.

Can anyone supply a conclusive documented answer to this question!

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Where is she buried?

On 2 June 1863:  Sir Henry Berkeley Fitzhardinge Maxse [b. 1832 - d.1883] replaced Major Pattinson as Lieutenant-Governor of Heligoland.


On 29 June, 1849, at St. George Parish [Anglican Garrison Chapel], Halifax, Richard Pattinson, Captain, 97th Regiment, late of the 16th Lancers, married Jessie Murray Thriepland MacQueen [b. 14 November 1827 in Edinburgh] eldest daughter of William MacQueen of Edinburgh. She died suddenly, at Bremen, Germany, on the 25th October 1858.

Eleanor Rose Pattinson was his daughter. She was born on the 5th of February 1851 near London, Ontario. When her father died, she was living nearby at Sanvic near Le Havre, France. She is referred to as Miss when Major Richard Pattinson's estated was settled on 17 May 1876. She would have been 25 at the time. She married in Orleans, France and died there childless on 18 April 1877.
Harry George Smith Richard Pattinson was his son. He was  born on 14 October 1852 in London, Ontario and died on January 2, 1944 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Death of Major Pattinson
On the 3rd of August 1875 he died at Le Havre, France, age 66.

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 Where was Major Pattinson buried?


Medals & Honours
His Medal & Honours
A composite of what his medals might look like.


The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum

The 16th Lancers Display Troop - "performs at events in the United Kingdom and abroad. We provide period-accurate displays of weapons and horsemanship. We also take part in parades, ceremonies, film and TV work, as well as promotional and corporate events."

The 16th or QUEENS LIGHT DRAGOONS - "Napoleonic Re-Enactment Group Re-creating the British Light Cavalry of the Regency Age."

A Shilling A Day (16th Lancers) - "pictures from military photos on webshots."


CONTACT: Michel Houde
 email as a graphic
The e-mail address is displayed as a graphic so that Internet marketers cannot automatically copy it to their bulk mailing lists.
I welcome your corrections and additions.
I would be most pleased to contact descendants of Major Richard Pattinson.