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Pring, Francis Raleigh

Francis Raleigh Pring (one of six brothers, five of whom are serving) had just finished his Evening Class Course, and was to have passed into the Day Classes in October 1914. He made up his mind for service at once on the outbreak of War and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. In the Royal Sussex. His long experience as a Scout Leader (he was a Master in Streatham Hill College) stood him in good stead, and as Captain of a football team, which came out first in an Inter-regimental Tournament, he was very popular in the battalion. Before long he gained his promotion to be lieutenant and went to the front this summer. In the fighting at Loos he was apparently wounded in leading a gallant charge to regain German trenches, out of which our men were driven. Since then he has not been seen or heard of. The officers of his battalion suffered severely; some reported as "missing" have since been reported wounded and prisoners of war, but of him nothing has been heard. He was as popular among his friends and the men he led as he was with the boys he had taught. His persistence in duty, cheerfulness of disposition and interest in all sorts of life marked him out for a most useful career, and his letters from the front show how he had thrown himself into the new work. We pray for his restoration to us. J.P.W. King's College Review Dec. 1915

Biographical

Surname(s)Pring
First name(s)Francis Raleigh
Family detailsSon of Mr. F. G. and Mrs. G. Pring, of Calceto, Lyminster, Littlehampton, Sussex
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Theology
Military unitRoyal Sussex Regt. 9th Bttn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death25 September 1915
Age at death27
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Loos memorial, Pas de Calais, France
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

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