one bar, Blanche 19 July 1806 (John Patterson, Asst Surgn). Some contact marks and edge bruising throughout, otherwise good fine or better. (1)
Surgeon John Patterson joined the Royal Navy as an Assistant Surgeon serving aboard HMS Magnanima from the 14th November 1805 to the 24th April 1806. He then served aboard H.M.S. Blanche when it engaged and destroyed the French frigate Guerriers off the Faroe Islands. On 4th March 1807 the Blanche was wrecked off Ushant, and Patterson and many member's of the ship's company were made prisoners of war. Having been exchanged or escaped, Patterson returned eventualy to England and he then served aboard H.M.S. Gloucester which he joined "per Warrant" on 1 April 1812 as an Assistant Surgeon, -being superceded on 18th April 1813 at the Downs. He then joins H.M.S. Volontaire, and then was discharged as an Assistant Surgeon from Volontaire "invalided" on 19th December 1814. After a period ashore, he was Warranted once more, this time to H.M. Hospital Ship Batavier lying at Woolwich, joining her on 13 August 1814, he was discharged to shore on 4th August 1815. He was promoted to Surgeon on 1st April 1816 whilst ashore, but only served in that rank twice in H.M. Ships; in 1821 for one year six months three days in H.M.S. Sappho and H.M.S. Hyperion as a supernumerary Surgeon from 20th May 1829 until 23 March 1831. In October 1838 he "requested permission to emigrate to Australia for the benefit of his health", permission was granted by Captain Berkeley. In July 1839 the Colonial Secretary Sydney promulgated in the Government Gazette that on 1 July 1839 the New South Wales Medical Board certified that "John Patterson, R.N. of Melbourne having submited the necessary testimonials of qualifications, it was declared that he was entitled to be deemed a legally qualified Medical Practitioner in terms of, and according to the provisions of the aforesaid act". On the 31st December 1840, he requested that the address to which his "half Pay" was sent was Melbourne, Port Philip, New South Wales.