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William Percival Pryor was born in Ballarat and was a Clerk by trade when he enlisted in the 21st Battalion, previously having served with the 19th Light Horse. He was aboard the Southland when it was torpedoed in the Aegean Sea in early September 1915 but still managed to spend some weeks at Gallipoli. On October 22nd he was evacuated, suffering from typhoid, to Mudros then to St. Andrew's Hospital on Malta. He was then returned to Australia on the Nestor, disembarking back in Melbourne on March 13th 1916. While back in Australia he attended the Officer Training School at Duntroon and gained his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917.
In November he qualified as an Instructor before crossing to France in December. He served at the Corps Signal School and the 29th Battalion. He was wounded in action on August 19th 1918 but was able to remain on duty. He returned home after the war on the Main.
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