Private John Henry Pullen

Private John Henry Pullen

Thank you to Bernice Forsyth and Mary Day from Capel Local History Group for allowing Dorking Museum to publish their research. Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for additional details.

John Henry Pullen Snr Wedding Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
John Henry Pullen Snr Wedding Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

John was born in Capel in 1897, second son of John Henry and Sarah Catherine Pullen (nee Knights). The couple married on the 2nd of November 1886 at St Stephen´s in Walworth. The couple then lived at Arnolds Cottages in Beare Green, Capel.The family was living in Beare Green.

John Henry Pullen School Register 1902 © findmypast.co.uk
John Henry Pullen School Register 1902 © findmypast.co.uk

John Henry Pullen 1902 School Register Detail © findmypast.co.uk

John enlisted at Dorking into 2/4th Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

The 2/4th was evacuated on the 19th December 1915 from Gallipoli to Egypt where they guarded the Suez Canal until January 1917. The Division then went on to fight in the Palestine Campaign. In 1917 they took part in the First Battle of Gaza, the Second Battle of Gaza, the Third Battle of Gaza and the Capture of Beersheba. Here John Henry was buried at  Beersheba War Cemetary. The Battalion reached Jerusalem on the 9th of December 1917.

John Henry Pullen Commonwealth War Graves © Ancestry.co.uk
John Henry Pullen Commonwealth War Graves © Ancestry.co.uk
John Henry Pullen Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
John Henry Pullen Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

John was killed in action on the 3rd of November, 1917 aged 20 years. He is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel.

Born                             Capel, Surrey
Lived                            Holmwood, Surrey

Son of                          John and Sarah Pullen
Brother of                     William John Pullen

Enlisted                        Guildford

Regiment                      2/4th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                         T/206593

Place of Death             Beersheba, Israel
Date of Death               3rd November 1917
Cause of Death             Killed in Action

Age                               20

Cemetery                      Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel