From The Daily Telegraph 18 January. The short military section from an obituary focused on his medical career.
Dr Peter Pritchard, who has died aged 99, was a general practitioner who started his career just before the NHS was founded; his memoir, An Eventful Life, tells the story of a remarkable man who was professionally active to the end of his days.
He was born on May 19 1918 in the middle of a Zeppelin raid. His father, Major Jack Pritchard, flew the Atlantic both ways in the airship R34, becoming the first Europe to America aeronaut, but was killed in 1921 in the R38 disaster which left his mother to bring up their three children on her own.
Peter was educated at Woodbridge School, then Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and St Thomas’ Hospital, where he was awarded the Solly Medal in Medicine, qualifying in 1942.
After three months as a house physician at St Thomas’ he joined the RAMC. Following a short spell with 223 Field Ambulance, he was posted to India but soon found himself in Burma as part of General Wingate’s 77 Brigade – the Chindits.
His column landed by glider miles behind enemy lines; wounded men had to be evacuated on horseback or stretcher via a difficult trek over hills in monsoon rain. All Pritchard’s patients survived and were evacuated by flying boat by the RAF. Pritchard was mentioned in despatches and promoted Major.
Full obituary with photographs.
A man with a remarkable past and a witness to history. May his spirit be at peace.