Archive / Papers / Patterson Papers: Box 1


Rev. D.A. Patterson

Burma, India. 1932-1943

Donated by Mr Phillip Nash

269 letters written by the Rev. David Patterson to his mother 1932-1941 from Burma and wartime letters 1942-1943 from India.

In 1932 he went out as a layman to teach in the Diocesan Boys’ School Rangoon, until 1935. Returned to England in 1936 to be ordained and went back to Burma in 1938 to teach in St. John’s College, Rangoon, the Mission of the Resurrection, Syriam, and as headmaster of All Saints S.P.G. Boys’ High School and Mission, Schwebo, February 1941.

The letters describe his life as a missionary teacher and then as a priest in Burma, and outside activities: relationships between Burmans, Anglo-Indians and Europeans. In 1942 he became Chaplain to the Forces in Burma. He was with General Alexander in the retreat from Rangoon to Assam in May 1942. In 1943 he was in India as an army chaplain. 580pp.