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1885 Born in Waterloo, near Liverpool, son of James Paterson, a draper, and his wife Jane
1901 Apprenticed to architects; living with his parents in Bootle
1910 A biplane was built at Liverpool for Mr. C. Compton Paterson. As a result of his observations at Rheims and other flying meetings on the Continent, Mr. Paterson had decided to have a machine built on the lines of the Curtiss biplane. The work of construction was undertaken by the Liverpool Motor House, of which Mr. Paterson was a director. The biplane was tested by Mr. Paterson, who had never been in a flying machine before, at Freshfield, near Southport..
1910 Gained his flying certificate at Freshfield; address given as Kimberley, South Africa
1911 Mr. Compton Paterson made some good flights at Freshfield with his new biplane, built by the Liverpool Motor House Ltd. The biplane was an improved version of Mr. Paterson's previous design
1913 Managing director of the South African Flying School, Kimberley.
1914 Arrived from Mozambique in Southampton, an aviator, with his wife Winifred
1937 Died in Frognal Hampstead, Middlesex