Private 235023 William Thomas Pridmore

Died of Wounds on Thursday, 10th January 1918, age 27.
Commemorated on Panel 75 to 77 of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1st Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 24th Brigade of 8th Division.
Formerly 203016 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Husband of Betsy Pridmore, of 18, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tamworth, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: West Bromwich.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/829850/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Thomas Pridmore registered December quarter 1890 in Tamworth.

1901 Census
Near Steam Mill, Polesworth, Tamworth, Staffs.
Francis H. Pridmore (43, Flour Miller, born Wood Newton, Northants), his wife Louisa (52, born London), and their 3 children: Frederick J. (14, Miller's Apprentice, born Tamworth), William T. (10, born Tamworth), Sarah A. (8, born Tamworth).

1911 Census
20 Queen Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Boarding with George and Carrie Glosby was: William Pridmore (20, Relief Stamper, born Tamworth).

Marriage of William Thomas Pridmore and Betsy Kershaw registered September quarter 1914 in West Bromwich. A son, Francis E. Pridmore, was born in March quarter 1915.

Personal Data

William was born in Tamworth, and 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' records his place of residence as West Bromwich. The only item that ties William to Tipton is that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows his widow's address as Tipton. It is possible that Betsy Pridmore moved to Tipton after William enlisted, or after his death so his links to Tipton are tenuous.

After William's death his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £7/9/5d (7 pounds, 9 shillings and 5 pence), this was paid to his widow, Betsy, in June 1918. His War Gratuity of £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly) was also paid to Betsy, in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that WIlliam had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

Action resulting in his death

The 1st Worcesters spent much of December 1917 resting and training near Longuenesse, well behind the front line. They returned to the Ypres Sector on Christmas Day, and on Boxing Day took over a sector of the front line near Passchendaele. The village of Passchendaele had finally been captured in November 1917 at the culmination of the inhuman struggle which was the Third Battle of Ypres. The village was no more than brick rubble, surrounded by seas of mud.

After spending New Year 1918 in Brake Camp in Vlamertinghe Wood, the 1st Worcesters returned to the front line near Passchendaele on 7th January. Their War Diary for 8th-10th January 1918 records: “Battalion in trenches. Attitude of enemy quiet. Heavy snow fell. 11 Other Ranks wounded.” It is likely that most of those wounded were as a result of enemy artillery fire.

One of the 11 Other Ranks wounded was likely to have been William Pridmore, he died as a result of wounds on 10th January 1918. William has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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