PRITCHARD, William Henry

Known as: 
Bill
Rank: 
Lieutenant (Temporary Captain)
Unit/Base: 
Special Service Brigade, Group, & Signals
2 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Engineers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
76488
Died : 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
27
Captain William Pritchard RE
Captain William Pritchard M.C. died during Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire. He was one of the commando contingent on motor launch ML 457 [1][2].
He and fellow Royal Engineer, Captain Bob Montgomery [more...] had been instrumental in the initial planning and training of the demolition teams [3]
Captain Pritchard M.C. received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in action against the enemy [3][3A].
  • July 1940 (Second Lieutenant)  (Royal Engineers T.A.)  awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in operations. [4]
Sources
[1] CWGC.
[2] St Nazaire Society website.
[3] National Archives file WO373/76/488.
[3A] London Gazette 37162, page 3493
[4] London Gazette 34893, page 4263.
 
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