Awards & Titles:

1914 (Mons) Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Machine Gun Corps 

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

6145, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment attaining the rank of WOII (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant). He was commissioned whilst in the East Lancs and rose to the rank of Captain. He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and attained the rank of Major.

Detail :

Notice of his death and funeral were reported in the Boston Guardian on 26th January, 1935. "MILITARY FUNERAL - Interment of Major W.J. Prattinton - The funeral of Major W.J. Prattinton, of Bicester, and who was closely connected with Frieston Shore, took place at Milton Cemetery last Saturday. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack, and the interment was strongly attended by the military and Freemasons, the deceased Major being a member of Maguncor Lodge." The article goes on in some length to list the family mourners, those of military and masonic circles and those of his friends.

For his service he was awarded the 1914 (Mons) Star, the British War Medal and Victory Medal, either as a WOII in the 2nd East Lancashire or as a commissioned officer.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lodge of Industry No. 873 E.C.Pakistan
Joined : Malwa No. 1994 E.C. India
Joined : Maguncor No. 3806 E.C. London

15th June 1910
20th July 1910
6th August 1910

He was initiated into Lodge of Industry No. 873 at Kotree / Hyderabad in 1910 as a Colour-Sergeant resigning a few months later, probably moving on. He is next recorded as a Sergeant at Mhow, India when he joined Malwa Lodge No. 1994 in 1910. He resigned from Malwa 30th November 1911, when a lot of the unit it would seemed did the same, probably upon posting. He further joined, in April, 1918, Maguncor Lodge No. 3806 (the Lodge of the Machine Gun Corps). He is listed as MGC and resident at Cosham. His subscriptions continue past 1921.

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