G.VI.R. (William Henry Patstone). Good very fine. (1)
B.E.M. London Gazette 7.3.1941.
William Henry Patstone, School Caretaker, Coventry.
During a severe enemy air attack the basement of a Girl's School was used as a shelter by members of the public. Patstone took charge of the shelter and those using it. H.E. bombs were falling in the district and there were many fires. The school was struck by a bomb and a fire broke out. Patstone climbed into the rafters and fought the fire for some considerable time despite the fact that bombs were dropping nearby. Many houses were demolished and Patstone took the homeless into the school shelter, inspiring them by his coolness and courage, particularly when the entrance was damaged. On two occasions he was blown down the steps into the shelter by blast. This did not deter him from attending to the protection of those persons present and of the property.