John Hampden Grammar School

George Pritchard

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George Pritchard was born in 1892. His parents were George and Sarah. His father had been previously married to Charlotte who died in 1891. He had an older step brother, Thomas, 4 younger brothers, Frederick, Charles, Edward and Frank and two younger sisters Alice and Mable. They lived at 78 Richardson Street in 1911 before moving to Desborough Avenue. George was given an attendance prize from the School in 1908 and before the war belonged to the Royal Marines, from which he was invalided home and then he went to work at the Frogmoor Saw Mills. His best friend (George Henry Tranter) father ran the saw mills. George Tranter was killed on 16th July 1916.

 

He joined up in August 1914 into the 2nd Battalion of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and spent the next two years in and out of the trenches. He was killed on 1st August 1916. The 2nd Battalion were fighting as part of the 2nd Division in the Battle of Delville Wood, part of the Battle of the Somme. His body was never identified and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (along with George Tranter.) His listing with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission can be found here.

 

George's step-brother, Thomas, who was injured on July 17th returned to fight. He was killed on 31st March 1918 (during the German last gasp Spring Offensive) and his body was never identified. He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial in the Somme.