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LCpl A J Pullen Tank Corps


Gareth Davies

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304818 LCpl A J Pullen died on 8 June 1918 and is buried in Paddock Wood. I will in Kent on Friday and so am planning to stop by his grave on the 100th anniversary of his death.  I would of course like to know a little more about him.  He is listed as being from the Depot (Bovington) and I see from the CWGC that he was originally a Royal West Kent (Regal No 2341).  Did he serve overseas and can anyone tell me the cause of death?

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Hi,

 

His medal rolls show service with the 7th and 1st Royal West Kent (number 2431)

 

Forces War Records have:

First Name: Alfred

Surname: Pullen

Age: 22

Rank: Private

Service Number: 2431

Years Service: 2 years 8 months

Months With Field Force: 1 year 11 months

Ailment: Gunshot wound right thigh

Date of Admission for Original Ailment: 15/05/1917

Date of discharge 20/07/1917. C. Depot. Date of transfer 15/06/1917 M. Hospital Ship Cambria. Lady Lytton's Hospital.

Religion: Church of England

Regiment: Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Other unit info:D Company

Archive Reference: MH106/1614 - Representative Medical Records of Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital: Millbank London

 

Soldiers' Effects says that he drowned (whilst bathing? in Wareham)

 

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Regards

Chris

 

 

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Thank you Chris, that's very helpful.  

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I suspect that the question has now been fully answered, but some further information just in case anyone is researching him in future;

 

14th June 1918 - Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 

 

YOUNG SOLDIER DROWNED.—Mr. and Mrs. Pullen, Paddock Wood, received a telegram on Sunday last stating that their son. Private A. Pullen, age 22. Machine Gun Section formerly Royal Went Kent Regiment, was drowned the day before whilst bathing at Wareham. Dorset. At the inquest the Jury returned a verdict of 'Accidental Death from Drowning." He joined the Army in September, 1914, and went on active service in July. 1915. He had been wounded action on two occasions. The funeral, with full military honours, took place at St. Andrew's, Paddock Wood, on Thursday

 

21st June 1918 - Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 

 

FUNERAL.—The funeral of Private A. Pullen. Royal West Kent Regiment, took place at Paddock Wood Church Thursday. with full military honours, amidst many manifestations of sympathy. A large number of friends were at the graveside to pay their last tribute to one who had passed through.

 

Grave - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128028714/alfred-john-pullen

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Thank you. 

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Just a small point I notice the topic title and the solider's name don't match.

Please could the typo in the title be corrected so anyone searching for this soldier will find this topic easily.

 

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Sorted.

 

I visited his grave yesterday.

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18 minutes ago, Gareth Davies said:

Sorted.

 

I visited his grave yesterday.

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What a superb grave stone, I particularly like the cap and cap badge, really nice touch, thank you for sharing.

R.I.P Alfred.

 

Chris

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