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Thomas Walker Prichard

PRICHARD, Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker Prichard was born in Glasgow on the 20th of September 1877 to George Walker Prichard and Mary Bissell. He was the eldest of their five children. On the birth certificate George, who had been born in England but married in Scotland, gave his occupation as Tobacconist. In the 1891 census he was a ‘Contractor’s Clerk’ as was thirteen year old Thomas. In 1901 George was a ‘Railway Canvasser’, offering and explain railway facilities, while Thomas and his brother were Clerks.

In 1913 Thomas Walker Prichard married Mary Miller Muir in Dennistoun, Glasgow and at some stage they moved to England. In 1918 their address was Salisbury Mansions, Harringay in London where he was working as a Stockbroker’s Clerk. It is not known when he enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regiment but in October 1918 he was with the 1/6th Battalion which had moved to Ireland in early 1918. Returning to England he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th but did not survive the sinking. However his body was recovered and he was buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery in Dublin.

His mother, Mary Prichard had moved to Boughty Ferry, Dundee following the death of George Walker in 1917 and Thomas Prichard’s death was reported in the local paper on the 18th of October. Having died intestate his will was not probated until the following summer when he left his estate of just over £200 to his widow who had returned to Glasgow.

 

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