John Eric Stirling Pritchard 27 October 1917

The last two boys to be killed at Passchendaele were both Sidney boys.

John Eric Stirling Pritchard was the only son of a chartered accountant from Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire. He came up to Oundle in September 1910. He was a member of the Shooting VIII, and left in the summer of 1915. After a few months in his father’s accountancy firm, he joined the Inns of Court OTC and was drafted later into the Artillery Cadets’ Training School. He won a commission into the Royal Field Artillery in in July 1916 and a fortnight later was at the Front. He was hit by a bullet in the abdomen on 26th October 1917 and died from his injuries the next day.

His Colonel wrote: “Your son had been with me for over a year, and was an excellent officer, most popular with the men, and always cheerful under the most unpleasant conditions.”

He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery outside Poperinghe, and joined two fellow Sidney boys, Gerald Greenfield and John Gulliland also buried there - a cemetery that is forever Sidney.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow