Born: 1883, Ipswich.

Died: 24th March 1918; age 35; KiA.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Early 1915 – Harold received an accidental bayonet wound in the leg from one of his men who slipped in entering the trench, but returned to France after a fortnights leave.

Ipswich School magazine – March 1915.


Rank: Major

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion attached to 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Emblem + Military Cross.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4,

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Medals were sent to Harold’s sister, Miss Pretty, c/o YMCA, H2., A.P.O. S.4.O. British Army of the Rhine.




1891   22, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich.


Harold was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred Pretty, 44, a Draper – employer, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Annie Pretty (nee Okell), 35, born Boondara, Victoria, Australia.

Edith Pretty, 12, born Ipswich.

Bernard Pretty, 11, born Ipswich.

Reginald Pretty, 10, born Ipswich.

Kenneth Pretty, 6, born Ipswich.

1 professional nurse

4 domestic servants


1901   ‘Tumbricaue’, Belstead Road, Ipswich.


Harold was 18 years old, a Draper’s Assistant. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 54, a Draper – employer.

Elizabeth, 45.

Edith, 22.

Bernard, 21.

Reginald, 20, a Draper’s Assistant.

Kenneth, 16.

Gwyreath Pretty, 4, born Ipswich.

1 cook

5 housemaids

1 nurse

1 sick nurse


1911   Oakington House, Tomline Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.


Harold was 28 years old, a Furnisher’s Assistant. He was a boarder at the home of 49 year old, William Mudd Rose, an Insurance Agent.


Harold’s mother, Elizabeth Annie Pretty, died June 1908, Ipswich. His father, Alfred Pretty, died February, 1910, Ipswich.


Harold attended Ipswich School – entered 1893.


Harold is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School, and on the Museum Street Methodist Church War Memorial,  St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.


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