Private Gideon Pringle M.M.

Private Gideon George Scott Pringle, M.M., “E” Coy. 2nd Regiment South African Infantry. He was killed in action , aged 23, in France on the 12th April 1917 during the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Selkirk in 1894 and was the son of the late James Pringle and Agnes Pringle of Groot Afdeling, Zeerust, Transvaal, South Africa. He and his parents had emigrated to South Africa from Selkirk and he had been educated at the Maritzburg College and was employed as a government clerk when he enlisted. After Service in Egypt the Battalion moved to France and he was wounded during the ferocious fighting at Delville Wood on the Somme in July 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field in 1917 and he is buried in Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Arras, France. The photos show troops during the Battle

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