George Harold Prideaux

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 33130
Rank: Signaller
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th (Service) (2nd Portsmouth)
Died: 2nd October 1918 aged 23 years
Death location: Insert data

 

Life before the War
George was the only son and the second of 3 siblings born to Samuel Hutchings and Edith Louisa, nee Heal.  Samuel was born in Barnstaple and he was a Draper’s Assistant whilst in Southampton.  He died on 20 November 1950 on the Isle of Wight.  Edith was born in Portsmouth in 1857 but spent her early life on the Isle of Wight.  She married Samuel on the island on 17 January 1892 and died in Southampton in 1938.

At the time of the childrens’ births the family were living at 71 Stafford Road in Southampton.

George’s 2 sisters were:

Mary Beatrice    b.1892 and d.1979 on Isle of Wight.  Married David H. Peak in Southampton in 1944.
Doris Edith    b.1899 Southampton and d.1921 Southampton.

Service history
The battalion that George joined was formed in Portsmouth on 5 April 1915, by the mayor and his officers.  The War Office adopted the battalion on 30 May 1915 and it moved to Aldershot in the October of that year.  The battalion immediately came under the orders of 122nd Brigade, in the 41st Division.

The brigade mustered for war in early 1916, landing in France in the May of that year.  In 1916, they fought on the Somme, and in the Battle of Messines (amongst others) in 1917.

On 27th September 1917, George’s battalion was amalgamated with the now dismounted 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry and renamed as the 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion.

In November 1917 the new battalion was part of a troop movement to Italy, taking the front line near the River Piave near Treviso.

In February 1918, they were all summoned back to France, encamped near Doullens and Mondicourt.  In the latter part of 1918 the Battalion was involved in the Final Advance in Flanders, at Courtoi and Ooteghem.

During the Fifth Battle of Ypres, between September 28 and October 2, the British attacked without a preliminary artillery bombardment on a 4.5 mile front up to the Ypres-Zonnebeke road.  This is probably the action where George lost his life.

The Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot commemorates 34,887 Commonwealth soldiers who died after 16 August 1917, and who have no known grave.   William is amongst them and his name appears on Panel 88-90 & 162.

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 16th April 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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