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War research author set to share his skills

PUBLISHED: 16:33 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

A FAMILY historian who has researched the military history of his relatives is holding a talk for other budding researchers. Former Orpington resident, John Pateman,

A FAMILY historian who has researched the military history of his relatives is holding a talk for other budding researchers.

Former Orpington resident, John Pateman, 51, from Lincolnshire will be giving tips on researching your family tree next month after researching into the war records of two of his great uncles.

Mr Pateman's latest research entitled Three Years on The Western Front: Gunner Rodbourne Goes To War - about his great uncle Albert Victor Rodbourne - is available at Orpington library where he is due to hold a talk on June 6.

Rodbourne was one of the first men from St Mary Cray who enlisted at the outbreak of WWI, aged just 19.

He was killed in 1918 aged 23 when a shell he was carrying prematurely exploded.

His story is the second completed by Mr Pateman, after he carried out research into the wartime history of his other great uncle, Walter Pateman. He is now looking into his father's service in WWII, which saw him travel to Palestine and Malta.

Mr Pateman said: "It's fascinating that these ordinary blokes from Orpington got to see the world through their military service.

"It's nice to remember relatives but I do it also to encourage other people to look into their past and write it down."

Copies of his book can be purchased from The Pateran Press, 11 Windsor Close, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7NL, price £5.00 plus £2.50 postage and packaging.

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