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World War I hero to be given full military funeral

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Apr 2013 16:40    Onderwerp: World War I hero to be given full military funeral Reageer met quote

World War I hero to be given full military funeral after body found 96 years after his death
9 Apr 2013 18:15

A French farmer uncovered the remains, along with five other bodies, when digging up a World War I gas canister, located by a metal detector.



A British war hero is to be given a full military funeral after his remains were identified in France... nearly 100 YEARS after his death.

His great niece Janet Shell only realised John Harold Pritchard’s body had been found when she came across an internet forum discussing the discovery while researching her family history.

French farmer Didier Guerle uncovered the remains, along with five other bodies, when digging up a World War I gas canister, located by a metal detector.

Acting Captain Pritchard, 31, had fought with the Honourable Artillery Company on the last day of the Battle of Bullecourt in May, 1917, when 43 members of his troupe died.

He had been wearing an identity bracelet so it was easy to establish who he was.

Mrs Shell, from Port Sunlight, Merseyside, said: “The farmer’s father had told him never to plough that field because there were hundreds of bodies under there.

"And he had honoured that.”

But following the discovery, 34 members of Mr Pritchard’s family will attend a full military funeral service to be held at the cemetery at Ecoust-St Mein later this month.

Among those to be there will be his 89-year-old nephew, John Harold Shell, who was named after his late uncle.

Mrs Shell has already visited the site where Mr Pritchard’s remains were found.

She said: “I was very humbled actually. It hits home and becomes an emotional roller-coaster.

“Obviously it’s a field with a couple of sticks to show where he was. But then you start to think about all the other people.

"You get slightly overwhelmed by the whole thing and how close the enemy actually was.”

Mr Pritchard first signed up to the Army’s oldest regiment in 1909.

When war broke out in 1914 the former insurance company inspector, by then a sergeant, was one of the first wave sent to France to fight.

Rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant, he was badly injured in March 1915 and invalided home.

But he chose to return to his men and became a temporary captain in 1916, even holding the title of major at one point.

From the Somme, he went on to the Hindenburg Line and it was there at Bullecourt that he died.

Mrs Shell added: “I feel incredibly proud. It seems really right that two generations down we get to keep this story alive in the family.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/world-war-one-hero-given-1820980

* How our sister website the Liverpool Echo is reporting the story .

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/2013/04/09/merseyside-family-set-to-bury-their-world-war-i-hero-ancestor-96-years-after-his-death-100252-33139922/

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain-John-Harold-Pritchard-KIA/141962775925154
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