Second Lieutenant

Jack Stanley Pryce

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of Sarah Ann Chambers (formerly Pryce) of Seddon Terrace, Frankton Junction, Hamilton, and the late William Pryce. Born at Liverpool, England.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Andrew Gibson
Relationship to casualty: Great Nephew
Based on service records and letters held by family. Born 21st August 1892 Liverpool, Jack emigrated to NZ in 1912 with his mother and siblings after his mother had remarried (Jack’s father had die... Read More
Based on service records and letters held by family. Born 21st August 1892 Liverpool, Jack emigrated to NZ in 1912 with his mother and siblings after his mother had remarried (Jack’s father had died in 1902). Just over 2 years later he enlisted and after training at Trentham sailed from Wellington with the 4th reinforcements on HMNZT 21 (S.S. Willochra). In May 1915 he reached Egypt and in June arrived at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli with the 4th reinforcements. There is little detail of his time there however his letters briefly describe involvement in the August assault on Chunuk Bair. September he was transferred to hospital (Imbros) sick with Enteritis, but back on Gallipoli by November. He was evacuated and sailed from Gallipoli (via Lemnos) on the troopship HMT Huntsgreen, disembarking at Alexandria 27th Dec. After 6 weeks in hospital (septic cut to hand) he was discharged. In May he embarked for England via Devonport on the troopship HMT ‘Nile’, arriving at Sling camp 9th June, where he became an instructor. He attended Officer Training Corps in April-June 1917 and in July departed Sling camp for Etaples (France). August he joined 1st Battalion Otago Infantry Regiment, in the field and was one of only 2 officers in his unit to survive the Passchendaele horror unharmed. The next few months saw Jack attend 2nd Infantry Brigade School followed by periods of leave in France & UK. At the end of July he was posted to 2nd NZ Light Trench Mortar Battery where he led mortar teams in action. 29th September he was evacuated sick (badly sprained ankle) but re-joined his unit on 2nd October. During the night of 5th October Jack led 2 mortar teams into the line to assist the 2nd Brigade and some time the next day (6th) while ‘sighting’ guns Jack was hit by shell splinters and killed (understood to be in the area fronting Bel Aise Farm). Jack was initially buried on Bonavis Ridge with 7 other NZer’s but in the process of body retrieval by CWGC teams he has become one of the ‘unknown’, even though those other 7 now have named graves. [NZWGT - record since amended]


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
8/1820
Name:
Jack Stanley Pryce
Rank: 
Second Lieutenant
Date of Birth:
21 August 1892
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Next of Kin: 
Mrs S A Chambers (mother), c/- Wallace, "Fairview", Te Awamutu
Religion:
Anglican
Date of Enlistment:
11 January 1915
Locality on Enlistment: 
124 Ythan Street, Invercargill
Place of Enlistment: 
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status:
Single
Unit:
NZEF, Otago Regiment, 1 Battalion, Trench Mortar Battery

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
06 October 1918
Day of Death:
Sunday
Age at Death: 
26
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
4th Reinforcements
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
17 April 1915
Transport:

HMNZT 21
HMNZT 22
HMNZT 23
Vessel:
Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Destination:
Suez, Egypt

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Location: 
France
Jack Stanley Pryce
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