Patricia Utechin was the Anglo-Indian daughter of an army officer and lived in India as a child. She spent most of her adult life in Oxfordshire. During World War II, she served with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in military hospitals at Middleton Stoney and Tusmore Park. After the war, she attended Ruskin College, Oxford University's college for adult students. She worked as a radio producer, and collected epitaphs from churches and churchyards in the towns and villages of Oxfordshire, which she published as Epitaphs from Oxfordshire (1980). She also wrote Sons of This Place: Commemoration of the War Dead in Oxford's Colleges and Institutions (1998) and Trumpets Sounded: Commemoration of the War Dead in the Parish Churches of Oxfordshire (1996). She was married to Sergei Vasilievich Utechin, a Russian-born historian and professor, with whom she had a son. Together they translated Vladimir Lenin’s What Is To Be Done? into English, published in 1963.