Horace Lynton Prott

First Name: 
Horace
Middle Name: 
Lynton
Last Name: 
Prott
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, November 14, 1897
Mother's Name: 
Ellen Prott nee Sullivan
Father's Name: 
Frederick Prott
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, June 10, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, February 1, 1980
Place of Death: 
Warrawong, N.S.W.
Details: 

Horace Lynton Prott (Service No 2487), was born in Kiama, N.S.W.

At enlistment, he was single, 18 years old, worked as an engineers assistant and had served 6 years with the Cadets.

Horace embarked on HMAT A67 Orsova, with 1st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, on 14th July 1915, arriving in Egypt in late August. He arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, on 4th November 1915, where he served with the 1st Battalion, until he was evacuated due to sickness, on 16th December 1915. Horace was repatriated to Australia in June 1916, and discharged medically unfit with a pension, due to cardiac weakness, on 5th October 1916.

In 1927, Horace found himself in serious trouble. He had met a young nurse from Kiama Hospital who he was fond of, but his interest not returned. Horace went to the hospital with a gun, and after firing at the nurse and wounding her, he turned the gun on himself. Both parties survived the shooting, and Horace was charged with attempted murder and attempted suicide. He was convicted and sentenced to death in December 1927.

In January 1928 after a petition, the sentence was commuted to 7 years. He was out of gaol in 1933, when he was a pallbearer at his mothers funeral.

In 1934, Horace married Linda Sproule, in Wollongong, N.S.W., and the couple had 2 children.

Horace died in 1980.

Horace had an older brother, Leonard, who had served in the Boer War.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PROTT HORACE LINTON

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