Death of Sir George Pragnell

By kind permission of John King, Author

A death in February of a St Augustine’s member was announced in the magazine but it was not directly related to the war. It was Sir George Pragnell who was only 53, but overwork probably contributed to his heart failure. The funeral was on 17 February and the route from his home in Somertrees Avenue to the church was lined with Red Cross nurses. The Queen’s Private Secretary subsequently wrote to his widow ‘ … by his death the nation lost one of its most useful and patriotic citizens’.

In spite of the war, many aspects of community life at the church were continuing normally. Thus on 5 February the St Augustine’s choirboys attended a matinee performance at Drury Lane, afterwards dining at the Strand Palace Hotel. On 21 March the Foreign Missions at the church received an address about the work of Medical Missions in Persia. The speaker, Dr Catharine lronside, pointed out that a woman’s lot was not easy in Persia. If a woman fell sick, the man would allow her two months to recover before taking another woman.

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