Hurtle Prettejohn

Name: Hurtle Charles Prettejohn

Rank: Private

Service Number: 3584B

Units Served: 10th Battalion

Personal Details: Son of William Charles and Bertha Adelaide Prettejohn of Lockleys South Australia. He was 5’7”tall and weighed 155lbs. He had fair hair with blue eyes.

Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 19th August 1915 in Adelaide and was posted to the 27th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement and then joined the 10th Battalion on the 27th of February 1916 as a private at the age of 20.

Details about his role in War: Joined the 10th Battalion in Zeitoun on February 1916. In March the battalion sailed for France and the Western Front, where they were involved in bitter trench warfare until 1918.

Hurtle was taken to hospital on November 8th 1916 with a shrapnel wound to his left leg, while in France and remained in hospital for a while.

He was admitted with a venereal disease in April 1917 then was transferred to Parkhouse, being admitted with the mumps, where he tried to break out in June. He was released from Parkhouse spending a total of 44 days there with the mumps.

Transferred back into the 10th Battalion, he then proceeded overseas from Hurdcott via Southampton.

On the 6th January, 1918, Hurtle was killed in action in the vicinity of Ploegsteert.

Age at Death: 23

Memorial Details: BELGIUM 49 Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe Ploegsteert

Commemorated by


Tristan Smith

8th December 2008