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 the additional detail.
William was born in 1890 in Dorking. He was the first child of seven of John Henry and Sarah Pullen. John worked as a labourer on the roads. At the time of the 1901 census the family is living in Arnolds Cottages, Beare Green.
Before he joined the Army, William worked as a chauffeur to Mr. Walker of Merstham House, Merstham.
William enlisted in Dorking into the 7th Battalion of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. His address at that time was Holmwood.
William was killed in action on the 1st of July, 1916. He is buried in Combles Communal Cemetery Extension in France. William’s brother, John, was killed the following year.
Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Holmwood, Surrey
Son of John and Sarah Pullen
Brother of John Henry Pullen
Regiment 7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 1st July 1916
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Cemetery Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, France