Thomas Pruden was the son of Thomas and Mrs Pruden, of Coseley, Staffordshire, he enlisted in the General Service Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Pruden successfully completed glider training and was posted to 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and took part in Operation Varsity (Rhine Crossing).
Pte Pruden was killed in action on 24 March 1945, age 24, and was given a field burial at Hamminkeln, Germany, and was re-interred to Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, on 16 April 1947.
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