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Private William Pryde Gordon Highlanders

This is from the Dalkeith Advertiser of January,1915

Two Newtongrange Brothers die for their Country.


Mr and Mrs Thomas Pryde, 5 The Square, have received the following touching letter from one of the chaplains of the regiment pertaining to the death from wounds of their second son, William, who at the early age of 17 , has laid down his life for his country.

 "I am very sorry to have to write to tell you that your dear son William was brought in here last night suffering from a severe bullet would in his left hip. He was in a great deal of pain,but everything was done to make his as comfortable as possible, and he got to sleep for some three or four hours. I had talked to him before,but as he got worse in the middle of the night, I went down and stayed nearly half an hour with him.......He became worse in the morning. The bullet seemed to have lodged in the abdomen, causing peritonitis and shock....I buried him in the morning in the churchyard at Lochre (Flanders), three miles from Bailleul, and nine or ten miles from Ypres. 

 A wooden cross with his name burned in marks his last resting place.....I know it will be a great sorrow to you, and just as he laid down his life willingly for others, you, now, like so many others are asked to give him up to God what youcount as your dearest and best. After all you are only lending him to God and you hope to meet him again. So you bear your great part in your country's hour of need, and looking to will draw strength from him.

May God bless you and crown him with everlasting rest."

News has also been received by Mr and Mrs Pryde that their eldest son Robert , who enlisted about three months ago in the Scots Guards has fallen in France. The news was received by means of a postcard which a chum of the above sent to his parents.

Sadly the Prdyes were not the only family who lost more than one boy in the war.

Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 26/01/1915
Service No: S/2502
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. F. 16.