Centenary of John (Ronald) Seth Pringle-Pattison
Today we remembered Ronald Pringle-Pattison. Second Lieutenant Pringle-Pattison, who was nineteen years of age, was the youngest son of the Professor Pringle-Pattison of Edinburgh University. He was educated at Merchiston Castle, where he distinguished himself as a runner and jumper. He played in the First XV., obtaining his cap in December 1914. A good shot, he shot at Bisley for the Ashburton Shield, and during his last year at school captained the Shooting VIII. He was also one of the prefects of the school, and colour-sergeant in the O.T.C. In August, 1915, he entered Sandhurst, where he rose to be under-officer of his company. He received his commission in January of the present year, and joined his battalion in France in July. He fell in his first fight. A brother-officer, wounded on the same day wrote “I admired him in the attack the way he led his men. It was his and many of their “baptism of fire.” and his coolness and daring inspired the men with courage. He was one of the bravest officers I have seen out there.” The adjutant of the battalion writes, “He had reached a very advanced position in the attack. He must have behaved with great determination to arrive at the place where he was eventually killed.” Ronald was killed during the Battle of Ginchy in The Somme on 6 September 1916 aged 19 years.