Donald Pringle

1893 Nov 2. Born Lewisham

1894 Mar 20 Christened

1901 census living with parents at 194 High St, Lewisham

1911 census living with parents at 14 Wandsworth Bdge Road Fulham S W. His father is a Baker Pastry-Cook And Trade Journalist. Donald Pringle is a Clerk.

In WW1 he served in 3rd and 11th battalion East Lancs Regt, and Border Regt. There is very little on him in London Gazette, so he may have been in intelligence. Particularly as he was Intelligence Officer in G Coy ADRIC when he was killed in Ireland.

1915 Apr 14 . To be 2nd Lt (on probation), 3rd East Lancs Regt, D. Pringle

1915 Sep. Landed in France .

1915 Nov 27 Wounded in Gallipoli

1916 Aug 31. Shell shock at Loos

1917 Aug 27 Gastritis. Note his Medical says he served abroad for only 4 months

1920 Oct 13. Joined ADRIC with service no 707 with G Coy based in Clare. There is nothing on Alphabetic Register to show he was Intelligence Officer, nor did he have any promotions above basic T/Cadet.

1920 Dec 24. Admitted Military Hospital Limerick

1921 Apr 19. Shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire when off duty RIC men challenged an Auxiliary patrol when they raided the Shannon View Hotel, Castleconnell. The Shannon View Hotel is now called the Shannon Inn, and is situated on the main street in Castleconnell village. It is not a hotel anymore, but it still trades as a pub.

3 RIC men in civilian clothes were drinking in the Shannon View Hotel, 12 Auxiliaries in civilian clothes raided the hotel. There is disagreement in the reports as to what actually happened. However in essence 4 men from an ADRIC patrol, in plain clothes, entered the bar, and produced revolvers. The 3 RIC men believed that these plain clothes men were IRA, and fired at them with their own revolvers. The ADRIC men withdrew, a fire fight followed, and at the end of the day one ADRIC man, Pringle, One RIC man, Sgt Hughes, and one civilian (O'Donnovan the hotel owner) were dead.

Pringle was shot apparently by one of the RIC men who fired out into the yard, and the RIC man was shot inside the bar itself. Three civilians ran out into the yard, the hotel owner and two of the RIC men. The Auxiliary commander says one then turned and ran back toward the hotel, and was hit (this was O'Donovan the hotel owner who was dead), the other two put their hands up and surrendered (the RIC men, one had been wounded).

1921 Apr 22. The Irish Independent newspaper report says that Pringle's funeral was at Limerick with the Protestant Dean of Limerick, Rev Dr Hackett and Rev Hewetson officiating. It is unusual for an ADRIC funeral to be in Ireland. A newspaper report says he was buried at Kings Island Cemetery

The Military Cemetery is located on King’s Island, now nestled into St Mary’s Estate, to the rear of a private dwelling. Within the boundaries of the 0.6 hectare site are over 150 burial plots including 39 named Commonwealth War Graves. This cemetery was consecrated on the 11th of August 1856 and is used up to the present day.

1921 Nov 22. Probate was granted to his father.

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