Prodger, Joseph Thomas
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service No: 7288
Boer War service: 3 Mar 1900 to 30 May 1901
Date of enlistment: 16 Jan 1900
Date of discharge: 4 Jul 1901
Reason for discharge: Termination of Engagement
Other information: Received gunshot wound to the arm during this campaign. Joseph served in WW1 – more information can be found on our Great War site.
Born: 1 July 1877 in Penley, Flintshire, Wales and baptised on 5 August the same year in Penley Parish Church.
Family: He was the second of seven children born to Thomas Prodger, a carter, and his wife Elizabeth Prodger. He married Ellen (also known as Elizabeth) Woodhall in 1907 and together they had four children – Hilda, Joseph, Norman and Donald. He possibly had a step son Alfred who was killed in WW1
Residence: In 1881 he was living with his parents and siblings at 3 Sandy Lane, Penley; by 1891 the family had moved to 5 Raven Yard, Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Employment: He was a plumber when he enlisted, having been apprenticed to Mr Gorham of Whitchurch.
Death: In 1940 in Whitchurch, aged 63, and buried in Whitchurch cemetery on 10 October of the same year.
The 1901 Census lists Joseph living with his parents at 5 Raven Yard, Whitchurch though he should have been in South Africa at that time.