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Person Details
Walthamstow Essex
He was the eldest son of Charlotte Prowse (born London) and was born about 1885; he had a younger brother, Charles. In 1891 the two boys were living with their grandparents, John Wright, an agricultural worker, his wife, Ann, and their sons John (24) and Charles (13), at Low Street, North Collingham. Charlotte married Robert Mounteney in Nottingham in 1898. Robert, who was about 16 years older than Charlotte, had at least two children (Mabel and George) by an earlier marriage. Richard's brother, Charles, may have continued to live with his grandparents in North Collingham as unlike Richard he does not appear on subsequent censuses in his stepfather's household. In 1901 the Mounteney household lived at 28 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham. Robert was described as a law practitioner 'on his own account' while 16 year old Richard was a law clerk. In 1911 they lived at 22 Drury Hill Nottingham; Robert was described as a law stationer, while Richard was a printer compositor. Richard married Florence Harriet (née Allen) and they had two children, Florence M and Elsie C Prowse. In 1913 they lived at 39 Coppice Road, Nottingham.
He was a printer compositor.
08 Nov 1917
829946 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 389 Notts & Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to 162A
Obituary published in the Nottingham Evening pOst dated 8th November 1918:- “PROWSE. – In proud and loving memory of my dear husband, Sergt. R. W. Prowse, Lincolns, late Robin Hoods, killed in action November 8th, 1917. The supreme sacrifice. – Silently mourned by his ever-loving wife (Florrie) and dear children, Florrie and Elsie. “PROWSE. – In loving memory of our dear brother-in-law, Sergt. R. W. Prowse (Dick) Lincolns, late Robin Hoods, killed in action November 8th, 1917. Ever in our thoughts. – Annie, Pollie, Jennie Albert (in France), sister May and Albert.” Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages , Small Twon Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 The 'dead man's penny' was inscribed in the surname 'Mounteney', although in all records found to date Richard used the surname 'Prowse'.
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    Richard William Prowse - Photograph courtesy of family.