PRITCHARD Charles Henry

PRITCHARD Charles Henry

Charles Henry Pritchard

Submitted by Stephen Bowes

Remembering a Katanning man, who died in service one hundred years ago.

PRITCHARD Charles Henry

Charles Pritchard was single and farmed at Katanning.
When E. Campbell Pope performed his medical in Katanning on 11/3/1916, he recorded a man of 34 years, five feet four and a half inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with pale complexion, green eyes and dark hair.
Charles reported previous military service with The King’s Royal Rifles of three years and nine months.
He departed Fremantle on 7 August, 1916 aboard His Majesty’s Australian Transport Miltiades A28 with the 19th Reinforcements, 16th Battalion, and arrived in Plymouth towards the end of September.
Reported missing on April 11, 1917, he was discovered to be a prisoner of war in Langensalza POW Camp, Germany, when he wrote to his sister, Mrs Annie Welch of Battersea, London.
“I am alright it is a hard life to be a prisoner, but I am out of it now”.
Private Pritchard suffered from dropsy while serving, and again as a POW.
While in hospital, he wrote again to Annie, a letter in which he expressed despondency and some bitterness that his family in England had not written in answer to his many letters, nor had he received any Red Cross parcels.
He was treated by his captors for his illness and appeared to be recovering. However, he relapsed and died on September 9, 1917.

He is buried in the Prisoner-of-War Cemetery at Niederzwehren Cemetery in Germany.

PRITCHARD Charles Henry
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