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Captain Robert William Hay Pringle (1912)


Captain Robert William Hay Pringle (1912)


16th (Service) Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment).

Robert Pringle, born on 5th April 1892, was the son of David and Agnes Pringle of 171a, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London.

He was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and came up to Merton in 1912.

A member of the Cambridge Officers Training Corps, he was mobilized in September 1914, and served with the battalion known as the 'Bradford Pals', in Egypt until December 1915, then in France from March 1916.

He was killed in action leading an attack on German trenches on the Somme, in the early morning of 1st July 1916, aged 24. His body was not found until 1936.

He is buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, France and is also commemorated on the war memorial at Fettes College, Edinburgh.


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Image from 'Loopgraafkoerier' ('The Trench Courier') No. 92, January 2011

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