Prichard, Richard Gerald Maunsell (1876-1918)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Richard Gerald Maunsell Prichard (1876-1918), son of Richard Knight Prichard and Bridget Prichard of Bryn Tirion, Bridgend, Glamorgan; husband of Eveline Bertha Prichard (nee Mallet) of Braemount, Drake's Avenue, Exmouth, Devon.
Attended [St Ellaley?], Bath.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1890-August 1894; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football team 1893.
Mining Engineer; H.M. Inspector of Mines.
Fought in the South African War with the Glamorgan Regiment.
Served in the South African War.
WW1, Major in the 1st Glamorgan Yeomanry (T.F.), attached Central India Horse, August 1914; served in France and wounded there in March 1918. Killed in Palestine on 7 June 1918.
Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel, P.58 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/647901/PRICHARD,%20RI...
Home Office First World War Memorial.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.
Prichard's obituary appeared in 'The Shirburnian', July 1918: 'Major R.G.M. Pritchard, attached to the Indian Cavalry, who is reported to have died of wounds received in action, was the third son of the late Mr R.K. Pritchard, of Bridgend, Glamorgan. Born in 1876, he was educated at Sherborne School (where he was in Mr Wilson's house) and at Camborne Mining School. He was appointed Inspector of Mines for the Scottish District. He was a bold horseman and a keen athlete, especially at football and boxing. He served with the Glamorgan Yeomanry in the South African War, in which he earned the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was twice mentioned in despatches. After several months with his Regiment during the present war, he volunteered for service with the Indian Cavalry, and saw considerable service with them in France, being once wounded before he was transferred to another Front, where he met his death. He leaves a widow and three young children.'
His regiment's history gives the following information:
"Major Prichard, who had been appointed Regimental Intelligence Officer, rode out on the morning of 7th June, accompanied only by his orderly and a horse-holder, to reconnoitre the ground in front of the outpost line. Always gallant to the point of indiscretion, he rode farther than prudence dictated, and suddenly found himself face to face with a strong Turkish patrol. All three men were instantly shot down. The sound of the firing was heard by Rissaldar Mir Zaman Khan, who was out with a patrol of "C" Squadron. Galloping to some high ground he could just see three men unhorsed, with the enemy closing round them. He called up his patrol and charged,and the Turks fled back to their refuge in the hills, They rallied, however, and opened a heavy fire on Mir Zaman and his men, who suffered further casualties, including the loss of several good horses before they could bring their wounded comrades to a place of safety. Both Prichard and his orderly died that night."