Captain James Botham Tod Pratt was born in Feburary 1862 and educated at Cheltenham College, where he gained a scholarship. Gazetted to the 25th Regiment from the Royal Military College in January 1881, he gained advancement to Lieutenant the following July. Present with the 1st Battalion in the Chin-Lushai Expedition of 1889-90, he was advanced to Captain in May of the latter year and served as Adjutant from 1894-98. Arriving with his Regiment in South Africa in January 1900, he was severely wounded at the Battle of Paardeberg, but recovered sufficiently to rejoin at Glen Station and entered Johannesburg with the advancing Army in May 1900. Tragically, he succumbed to enteric at Stinkfontein just under a month later.