Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Theodore Prain

Photo of Theodore Prain
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1901 - 1905.

Regiment: Leicestershire Regt.
Died: 22 October 1914 aged 27 in Belgium. Killed in action near Armentieres.
Battle: First Battle of Ypres. Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial P 4

Born 6th November 1887. Son of Lt.-Col. Sir David Prain, C.M.G., C.I.E. (Director of Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew), and Lady Prain, of The Well Farm, Warlingham, Surrey.
Upper VVI. Senior Scholar. Faber Exhibitioner. House Prefect.
University of St. Andrews; B.A. 1908; Lincoln College, Oxford; B.A. 1910; Oxford University O.T.C.
Leicestershire Regt. 1910; Lieutenant 1912.
Great War (overseas). "C" Coy. 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Despatches.

Qualified as a 1st Class Interpreter in French.

Died at Rue de Bois near Armentieres.

Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'21st October 1914. Ordered to relieve W. Yorks in Chemical Factory - Rue De Bois line at 8pm.
22nd October (Thurs). Held trenches. Heavily shelled by shrapnel and heavy howitzers all day. Casualties, Lt Prain, Lt Dods and 11 other ranks killed and 25 wounded. '

Service record:WO 339/7875
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1611/2