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Richard Preston Prichard

Richard Preston Prichard

Physical Description

3.5cm of textual records; one newspaper article, 1917



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Richard Prichard was a medical student at McGill University from 1913 until his death on the Lusitania in 1915. Following his father’s early death in 1904, Preston traveled to Canada in order to find employment and raise money for his family. Over the following decade, he worked as a farmer, lumberjack and a property dealer, before enrolling at McGill University to study medicine. At the age of 29, Preston embarked as a second class passenger on board the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania, bound from New York for Liverpool (The Papers of Mrs. G. S. Prichard, Imperial War Museum, Dept. of documents. Reference code GB621 IWM Documents).

Scope and Content

The fonds includes two McGill University hand-books, 1913-1914 and 1914-1915 with brief notes referring to his activities as a student; Three booklets of notes taken in Embryology, [191?], Histology, 1914 and one [unspecified] booklet of notes, [191?]. A newspaper clipping from the ?Chronicle: “The Kaiser and the Lusitania: Torpedoed against his wishes,” August 13, 1917; inventory from the Imperial War Museum of “The Papers of Mrs. G. S. Prichard” (mother to Prichard) relating to the correspondence between Mrs. Prichard and survivors of the Lusitania in search for news of her son during the sinking; Royal Bank of Canada Pass Book from Ewing, Alberta with records of Prichard’s cheque book activities from 1912-1914; a letter detailing investments (on McGill letterhead) dated January 22, 1914 is included inside the Royal Bank Pass Book.

Finding Aids

Custodial History

Gift of David Prichard, nephew of Richard Preston Prichard, August 13, 2005.


The documents are in English.

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Based on the documents in the fonds.

Retrieval Number




McGill University Medical Students and Student Notes
World War I - Hospitals, Medicine, War Injuries