William Pritchard
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D-Day: Sending troops off to fight

William Pritchard from Ruthin was one of the first ordinary soldiers to find out D-Day was happening.

An office worker in peace time, Mr Pritchard joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and worked as a clerk at headquarters.

In 1944, aged 26, he was sent to help run a camp at Fawley near Southampton which turned out to be a transit camp preparing for the Normandy invasion.

He was on duty and was just being told to retire for the night when the telephone call came through ordering embarkation for D-Day, sparking days of unending work sending troops on their way.

  • 06 Jun 2014
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