Pritchard, William Henry

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William Henry Pritchard

25519, Private, 17th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in action, 15 April 1916, aged 21
Buried at Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, France

CWGC registered (Son of Mr W Pritchard, of 11, Alexandra Rd, Llandudno)

William Henry Pritchard was born in Llandudno in 1895. He was the son and first born of William Henry Pritchard and Annie Pritchard (née Paynter) who in 1901 lived at 16 Council Street, Llandudno. William (senior) was a coach builder. When the 1901 Census was taken, William (junior) was registered at the home of his maternal grandparents at Llaneilian near Amlwch on Anglesey. In 1911, the family was living at 1 Clarence Street, Craig-y-Don though William (junior) recorded as “Willie H”, was staying with his grandparents again. It is conceivable that William (junior) was brought up by his grandparents. The 1911 Census records four siblings living in Llandudno: John (13), Lydia (10), George (5) and a new-born baby.

William joined the 17th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 2 March 1915 at Llandudno. He gave his age as 20 years and 0 months. His address was 11 Alexandra Road, Llandudno and his occupation was tailoring. He gave his father of the same address as his next of kin.

The 17th (Service) Battalion (2nd North Wales) had formed at Llandudno on 2 February 1915. After training, the battalion left Winchester on 4 December 1915 and landed at Le Havre on the following day. William was one of five casualties sustained (one dead, four wounded) on 15 April 1916 when the battalion was in the trenches near Estaires, France. He was 21 years of age. He was buried at the nearby Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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