The son of Walter Charles Ashby and Margueritte Bianca Selina Pritt, Walbanke Ashby Pritt received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3564 on a Caudron biplane at Wallisdown School, Bournemouth on 16 September 1916. He claimed six victories flying Sopwith Pups with 66 Squadron during 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross for numerous acts of bravery including a raid on an enemy airfield and an attack upon a German staff car with his Very pistol. Pritt was killed in a car crash in 1928.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
"T./2nd Lt. Walbanke Ashby Pritt, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking a hostile aerodrome with exceptional dash and determination. Having reached his objective and dropped bombs from a very low altitude, he then attacked and destroyed two hostile machines almost as soon as they had left the ground. A machine gun then opened upon him from the aerodrome, which he immediately attacked. Both on his outward and homeward journey he was under very heavy machine-gun and anti-aircraft fire. On another occasion he attacked a motor-car, and shot one of the occupants from about 50 feet, afterwards attacking infantry on the march and inflicting severe casualties upon them. He has at all times shown constant gallantry and fine offensive spirit."