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78022   Squadron Leader Terence Alexander Pringle
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Dated added: 25/06/2020   Last updated: 26/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British Air Force)
Date Of Birth: 08/10/1914
Died: 16/01/1944 (Died by accident)
Age: 29
Summary      
Terence Pringle was the son of George and Amy Pringle. George Pringle was a doctor in Aughnacloy. Terence was born on 8th October 1914. He was the eldest of at least three children, all born in the Augher area. He attained a degree at Queens University. He worked for the Northern Ireland Electricity Board before joining the Electricity Supply Board in Dublin. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1940. He was killed in a plane crash in British Columbia, Canada on the 16th January 1944.
Squadron Leader Terence Alexander Pringle
Further Information
The 1911 census lists Terence's father at house 88 in Main Street, Aughnacloy, County Tyrone. George A Pringle was single and described as a Medical Practitioner (M. D.) from Dublin University.
Terence Pringle was the son of George and Amy Pringle. George A Pringle and Amy J Stack were married sometime between 1911 and 1915. There is no record of the marriage in GRONI, so it seems possible they were married in the south of Ireland.
Terence Alexander Pringle was born on 8th October 1914. He was the eldest of at least three children, all born in the Augher area.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 22nd May 1915: Aughnacloy Doctor Volunteers
At Clogher Guardians on Saturday – Mr Hugh de F Montgomery, D.L, presiding - Dr G A Pringle, medical officer, Aughnacloy, wrote asking for permission to offer his services to the country during the war. Dr Batty, Ballygawley, had consented to act as locum tenens. He appealed the the Board’s sense of duty and generosity to supplement his salary in some way and save him from financial loss. The board approved Dr Pringle’s action, and resolved to grant him a bonus of £50 a year during his absence, proviverd he supples a locum tenens to reside at Aughnacloy.
Known family: George A Pringle, Amy J Pringle, Terence Alexander Pringle (born 8th October 1914), George Morgan Pringle (born 11th April 1918), Arthur Pringle
Terence was educated at Dungannon Royal School
Tim Pringle with his mother Amy
Terence attained as Batchelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Queens University Belfast.
Queens University Electrical Engineers
Terence worked in Enniskillen for the Northern Ireland Electricity Board for a time.
Prior to enlisting, Terence was employed on the staff of the Electricity Supply Board in Dublin.
Terence Pringle enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve about 1940.
Squadron Leader Terence Pringle
By 1944, Squadron Leader Terence Pringle was based in Canada.
On the 16th January 1944, Squadron Leader Terence Pringle was the passenger on a ferry flight from RCAF Station Rockcliffe to Patricia Bay in British Columbia.
Expeditor aircraft
The plane, an Expeditor (Serial Number HB100), was reported missing off the lower mainland of British Columbia and the remains of the three crew and Squadron Leader Terence Pringle were never recovered.
The four men who died that day were:
bullet Flight Lieutenant Harry Woodward DONKERSLEY (J/8203)
bullet Squadron Leader James Gerard FLAHERTY (J/2826)
bullet Squadron Leader Terence Alexander PRINGLE (78022)
bullet Flying Officer Ernest SOWERBY (J/36500)
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 29th January 1944:
Newspaper report
Acting Squadron Leader Terence Pringle, Royal Air Force, (eldest son of Dr and Mrs George A Pringle,, of Aughnacloy), has been reported missing following an air accident in British Columbia. Aged 29, he was educated at Dungannon Royal School and Queens University, where he took his B.Sc. Before joining up four years ago, he was employed on the staff of the Electricity Supply Board in Dublin. Prior to that he worked in Enniskillen for the Northern Ireland Electricity Board.
Squadron Leader Terence Alexander Pringle has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 3. Column 2 of the Ottawa Memorial in Canada.
Squadron Leader Terence Pringle - Ottawa Memorial
Squadron Leader Terence Pringle - Ottawa Memorial
Terence is listed as one of the 155 members of Queens University Belfast who died in World War Two, There is also a George Morgan Pringle listed, who served with the Royal Air Force and survived the war.
The CWGC record Squadron Leader Terence Alexander Pringle as the son of George A Pringle, M.D. He is also listed as the son of Amy J Pringle, of Cranham, Upminster, Essex, England.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Main Street, Aughnacloy Aughnacloy Father a doctor at Main Street 54.415059 -6.976731
2 Augher area Augher Born in the Augher area 54.428643 -7.137377
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists George Pringle Lists Terence's father at house 88 in Main Street, Aughnacloy, Tyrone
2 British Columbia Aviation Museum Details and photo of Terence Pringle
3 FindAGrave.com Photo of Terence Pringle's inscription
4 Lennox Wylie - QUB WW2 Lists Terence Alexander Pringle
5 RAF Commands - HB100 Details of crew and loss
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