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John Edward Prickett was born at Windermere in 1894, the son of Edward and Mary E. Prickett. He spent his early years living at 26 Wyresdale Road, Lancaster and was educated at the local Bowerham primary school and then Lancaster Royal Grammar. After leaving school he attended Bede College 1912-1914, where he excelled academically and was also a member of the College Rifle Corps. Upon completion of his teacher training, he took up an appointment as Assistant Master at St Oswald’s Church School, Durham City. He joined the 1/8th Battalion (Territorial Force) of the Durham Light Infantry as a Private and after spending six months serving at home arrived in France with the battalion on 19 April 1915. He was killed in action just six days later on 25 April, aged 21 years, during fighting at the Gravenstafel Ridge just outside Ypres. As his body was never found he is commemorated at the Menin Gate in Ypres, in addition to the Bede College 1914-1918 Cross, Plaque, and Roll of Honour, and at Lancaster Town Hall. He was unmarried. His brother Private Wilson Prickett who served in the Lancashire Fusiliers was also killed during the war on 9 October 1917.
Place of Birth: Windermere, Cumbria
Place of Residence: 26 Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire
College: St Bede College, Durham
Place of Employment: St. Oswald's Church School, Durham
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Lancaster Town Hall war memorial
Bede College 1914-1918 Cross, Plaque, and Roll of Honour
Image of the cap badge of the Durham Light Infantry (King's crown version), taken by Usedtoknowthat on 6 June 2014, is reproduced under CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.
Clive Bowery; David Butler; Joyce Malcolm
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