Funeral to be held for soldiers who died in WW1

The families of two soldiers who died in northern France in World War 1, will pay their last respects later, 96 years after they died.

  • Lieutenant John Harold Pritchard served with the Honourable Artillery Company.
  • He was the eldest of three boys in a family of seven and came from South West London.
  • He was 31 when he died near Bullecourt on May 15th 1917.
  • Before the war he was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral

Lt Pritchard's nephew, great nieces and their families will attend the service in Arras in France.

  • Private Christopher Douglas Elphick served in the same company as Pritchard and was killed in the same enemy attack on May 15th 1917.
  • He was born in Dulwich in South London and was 28-years-old when he died.
  • Before the war he worked as a clerk for the Prudential Insurance Company.

Pte Elphick's two grandsons and their families will attend his reburial in the Ecoust-St Mein Cemetery. Prince Michael of Kent will also attend in his capacity as HAC Royal Honorary Colonel.

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