Harry Pritchard

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Harry Pritchard
Born 16 November 1871
Died 14 May 1953
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held Malaya Command
Battles/wars Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War
Mahdist War
World War I
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order

Major-General Harry Lionel Pritchard CB CMG DSO (16 November 1871 – 14 May 1953) was General Officer Commanding Malaya Command.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Charterhouse School,[1] Pritchard was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1891.[2] He took part in the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War in 1895 and was then transferred to the Egyptian Army in 1896 taking part in the Siege of Khartoum the following year.[2] He was awarded the DSO for service in the Sudan.[3]

He served in the Second Boer War in 1899 and then became a Deputy Assistant Director at the War Office in 1904 before becoming Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General in India in 1907.[2]

He served in World War I initially in France and Belgium and then in Egypt before being made Chief Engineer for Middle East Forces in 1916.[2] He was severely wounded in 1917.[4]

After the War he was appointed Chief Engineer at Northern Command in 1921 and then Assistant Director for Fortifications and Works at the War Office in 1923.[2] In 1926 he was appointed Chief Engineer for Eastern Command and in 1929 he became General Officer Commanding Malaya Command.[2] His final appointment was as Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham in 1931; he retired in 1933.[2]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Casimir van Straubenzee
GOC Malaya Command
1929–1931
Succeeded by
Sir Louis Oldfield