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William George Francis PRITCHARD

Regimental number2420
Place of birthEsher England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOrchardist
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinSister, Mrs H M Applegate, 45 Fircroft Road, Upper Tooting, London, SW, England
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 27th October 1917 near ZONNEBEKE east of YPRES this N.C.O. was in charge of a gun team proceeding forward to relieve a gun position. They were caught in a heavy enemy barrage, and several of the team were wounded, including Corporal Pritchard. Although suffering great pain and considerably weakened by loss of blood he insisted on carying wounded men to a position of safety and then going for assistance to the nearest R.A.P. His action in this more than trying time set a spendid example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

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