Private William John Pullen

William John Pullen © findmypast.co.uk
William John Pullen © findmypast.co.uk

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 John Pullen 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk
William John Pullen 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

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

Enlisted                        Guildford

Regiment                      7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                         G/2236

Date of Death               1st July 1916
Place of Death              Somme, France
Cause of Death             Killed in Action

Age                               25

Cemetery                      Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, France