Warrant Officer Class 1 Cyril Arnold Pryor

Service Number 446
Birth Date 09 May 1890
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Death Date 05 February 1945
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Randwick
Final Rank Warrant Officer Class 1
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 30 August 1918 on page 1781 at position 9
London Gazette 6 April 1918 on page 4239 at position 7

Cyril Arnold Pryor was born to Alfred and Alice Pryor at Middlesex in Englandduring 1890. When the First World War broke out, Pryor was working in Australia as a boat builder. Pryor, enlisted on 26 October 1914 and was assigned to the 20th Battalion. He departed Australia with this unit on 25 June 1915, aboard HMAT Berrima. During his time at Gallipoli he was promoted to sergeant. Whilst serving in France during June 1916, Pryor was accidently injured by a flair gun and did not return to France until June 1917. Only three months later in October, 1917 he was wounded by a gun shot in his thigh and was sent back to England. He did not return to his unit in France until August 1918. While in England, Pryor was recommended for and awarded a Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack in face of heavy machine gun fire. He reached a strong point and captured a machine gun and some prisoners. He was twice wounded in the leg, but would not withdraw until again wounded by shell fire. At his own request he took the place of an officer who had been wounded." This award was gazetted on 26 November 1917.After the war ended, Pryor did not immediately head back to Australia. He married Frances Amelia Richardson on 5 February 1919 and together they returned to Australia on 27 April 1919 aboard HT Castalia. Cyril Pryor died at Randwick, New South Wales in 1945.

Collection items

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Berrima A35
    Date of Embarkation
    25 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    20th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant Major
    London Gazette
    6 April 1918 on page 4239 at position 7
    Commonwealth Gazette
    30 August 1918 on page 1781 at position 9
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    14 October 1917
    Unit
    20th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Warrant Officer Class 1
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    14 October 1917
    Unit
    20th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Warrant Officer
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    16 October 1917
    Unit
    20th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Warrant Officer Class 1

Timeline

Date of birth 1890
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-14
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-14
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-16
Date of death 1945-02-05

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