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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Harry Pridmore came from a large family of 15 and was born Worksop 1876 to Thomas and Harriet Pridmore. His mother died in 1895 and his father in 11 Oct 1900. Soon after, Harry took up residence with his married sister, Clara Fricker. He would have been 38 years old when he volunteered for service.
22 Mar 1916
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96828 - CWGC Website
16576
Private
12th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Worksop Guardian 14 April 1916 “Another Worksop soldier has made the supreme sacrifice on the field of Honour. Pte Harry Pridmore 12th Sherwood Foresters, of 62 John’s St Worksop. Pte Pridmore was a single man enjoying wide popularity, lived with his sister, Mrs Fricker at the address named, and was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Thomas Pridmore, of Woodend. He was 39 years of age, and enlisted in Sept: 1914 very soon after the outbreak of War- formally working at the Shireoaks Colliery. Sometime ago news was received in Worksop that Pte Pridmore had been killed, the information being conveyed by Pte George Foster of John St:, who told the facts to his wife. Pte Pridmore had been killed at an unknown place in France on March 22nd. The Rev: and Hon: Captain A Gillies Wilkin 1st C.N.M Hospital 3rd Canadian Division has written a sympathetic letter to Mrs Fricker, and says that the poor fellow was killed on March 24th. In the course of his letter he says:_ I am writing these few lines to offer you my sympathy of the death in action of your brother. You will have heard by now that he was killed on Tuesday March 21st 1916. As I am living quite close by, and was on duty as Chaplain in the district, I made the arrangements and took up a burial service. One cannot offer you consolation, for it is not possible for us to properly realise your loss or your trouble, but I pray that the good God in His love and pity will send you consolation and comfort, and will grant unto him rest and peace. He is buried in a little Grave Yard prettily situated. Near to him are several men of his regiment, and there we left him to rest in peace in a grave where a Briton has laid him. The Grave is registered. And could be seen at any time on application to the Graves Registration Commission B.E.F France. A cross will be erected shortly, and it may be some comfort and consolation – believe me. Your Truly, A Gillies Wilken, Chaplain and Hon: Captain.” Lord Kitchener has expressed the sympathy of the King and Queen to Mrs Fricker in the following terms: The King and Queen command’s me to assure you of the true sympathy of his Majesty and the Queen in your sorrow- Kitchener. To Mrs Fricker and the other members of the family the sincere sympathy of the wide circle of friends will be extended, but in this their hour of bitter trial they have the consolation to know that Pte Pridmore died a glorious death for England my England
Cemetery:- Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian.
Courtesy of Robert Illett
    Harry Pridmore - Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian. Courtesy of Robert Illett
  • photo showing Menin Road South Military Cemetery where Harry Pridmore is buried in grave reference I H 31,courtesy of the CWGC
    Harry Pridmore - photo showing Menin Road South Military Cemetery where Harry Pridmore is buried in grave reference I H 31,courtesy of the CWGC
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Menin Road South Military  Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Harry Pridmore - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Menin Road South Military Cemetery Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle