W.A.J. Prodrick

Obituary from Tank Magazine - May 1989

Major Bill Prodrick, joined 42nd Royal Tank Regiment in early 1938 when it was based at Clapham. He was a Lance Corporal when called up on embodiment of the Territorial Army in 1939. By 1940 he had reached the rank of Sergeant and joined the Desert Army in 1941. In early 1942 he was commissioned from the OCTU in Cairo, promoted Captain in 1943 and Major in 1944.

He served in the desert in Africa in 7th and 22nd Armoured Brigades and just before the end of hostilities in 1945 he was acting Commanding Officer of an armoured regiment. He was offered an armoured brigade in Japan or Germany if he signed on, but after nearly six years away from his family he declined to re-engage and returned to his original civilian job, from which he retired at the age of 65. He was active for many years as a Consultant for a Commonwealth embassy in London.

Bill Prodrick lived in Uckfield Sussex and leaves a wife and Daughter

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