The Ironmonger

Robert Dyas Shop

After the war he re-joined the family firm, becoming its Chairman for thirty years. He was always an enthusiastic sportsman, becoming ‘Admiral’ of the Royal and Ancient Yacht Club, and he continued to ski into his eighties. He was a most eloquent and enthusiastic speaker and is best remembered for his talks at battlefield tours of Villers-Bocage, vividly recalling his part in the battle (for which he was awarded the Croix-de-Guerre). Pat died in 2002, aged 84.

During his time with the Sharpshooters he was known by the affectionate nickname ‘Dong’. This is believed to have been given him by his squadron commander, Viscount Arthur Cranley, who, on noticing Pat’s sunburned face after a summer exercise, likened him to the ‘Dong with the Luminous Nose from Edward Lear’s poem. The name stuck.