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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

William Lang Prentice

William Lang Prentice was born on the 28th May 1879 at Dysart, Fife, Scotland.  He was the first born son of Robert Russell and Jane Montgomerie Prentice (nee Lang).  At the time of his birth his fathers occupation was that of a farmer.

By the time of the 1881 census of Scotland William was living with his parents and a new baby brother called Graham at Glengorm House on the Glengorm Estate where his father farmed 400 acres and employed twenty people.  Also resident at Glengorm house were his maternal grandparents, maternal uncles Robert and Hugh and his maternal aunt Jessie.

Between the censuses of 1881 and 1891 William's parents retired from farming and were living at 5 Mayfield Terrace, Edinburgh

On the 1891 census the family are resident at 5 Mayfield Terrace Edinburgh and his father's occupation is listed as a retired farmer.  There are two new siblings, a brother named James who is aged eight and a sister named Mary who is aged five.

William joined the 20th Company, 6th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry who were involved in the Boer War of 1899 - 1902, his service number was 9207.

The 20th Company was also known as the Fife and Forfar Light Horse Company and was raised by the 1st Fifeshire Light Horse Volunteers and the 1st Forfarshire Light Horse Volunteers.  The 20th Company was part of the 6th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry.

William does not appear on the 1901 census of Scotland as he was presumably on his way to or in South Africa, where he died in Johannesburg on the 6th Jun 1901.

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