The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Pritchard
First Name:
Francis Kenneth
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8716
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
6.12.1940
DOB:
14.03.1914
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Francis James Pritchard
Mothers's Name:
Isabella Kate Pritchard
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Shop Manager
Java:
Soldier remained onboard HMT Aquitania at Fremantle. He had fallen ten feet onto right foot on 15.1.1942 and twisted his knee. He did not trans-ship at Ratai Bay, Java with the battalion but remained onboard the Aquitania and returned to Fremantle due to synovitis to the knee. An operation was performed and soldier's right leg was placed in plaster for three months. Soldier then convalesced for four months and after the plaster was removed, he was Taken on Strength as reinforcements for the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion on 17.7.1942. Taken on Strength with the 35th Infantry Battalion on 25.9.1942 and then the reformed 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion on 12.12.1942. Embarked Fremantle HMT Duntroon on 23.7.1943 and disembarked at Port Moresby on 28.7.1943. Soldier saw action at Ramu Valley when the 2/2nd Pioneers were brought in to replace the 2/16th Battalion. The soldier disembarked at Balikpapan from LST 632 (Landing Ship Tank) sometime after 13.5.1945.

General Description

Younger brother to Frederick Francis Pritchard WX8739.

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