Service Number: 26734
Roll Title: 14 Field Artillery Brigade – 2 to 10 Reinforcements
Date of Embarkation: 7th September 1916
Place of Embarkation: Melbourne
Ship Embarked on: HMAT Port Sydney A15
Age: 29 years
Born: 1887, Mysia (South of Boort), Victoria.
Father: Richard J Pryor, Thomas, Queensland.
Mother: Christiana (Dunstan)
Occupation: Engine Driver
Residence: 12 Austral Ave, West Brunswick Victoria. Lot 45, 1421/2 acres Parish of Pakenham
Joined AIF: 3rd January 1916
Height: 5 feet, 23/4 inches
Complexion: Fresh, Eyes-Blue, Hair-Brown
In 1906, William married Mary Jane (Weston). They had one child Violet May.
William Pryor was killed in action in France on the 8th April 1917.
The Argus – 12th May 1917
PRYOR.—Killed in action in France, Gunner W A. E. Pryor, loving father of Violet; brother of J. and R. and T. J., A. Adams, E. Elliott, N. Rutherford, M. Sincock, aged 30 years.
One of the best.
PRYOR.—Killed in action in France, 8th April, Gunner E. Pryor, husband of the late Doll, who died August 14, 1915 father of Violet. (Inserted by C and W Weston and Mrs H Jackson)
Berwick Gazette and Berwick Shire News – 18th May 1917
A former resident of this district – Gunner Ern Pryor – was killed in action in France on April 8th. Deceased enlisted in Melbourne and left here in September last. Previous to enlisting he was farming on Sale road, Officer.
On the 26th March 1923, William posthumously received the Victory Medal and, on 6th November 1924, the British War Medal. They were accepted by William’s daughter, Violet.
William Pryor was interred in the Morchies Australian Cemetery, Morchies, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is listed on the Officer Roll of Honor as Pryor. E.