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Albert PEGRUM - 4th Middlesex/152nd RE.


stephen p nunn

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Here is today's man - Christmas present medal number 4. This is a BWM to Albert Pegrum who was in the 4th Middlesex but attached to the 152nd Company, Royal Engineers. This is what I know so far:

 

Albert PEGRUM

Birth and Early Life

Born c.1898 in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Son of Alfred and Alice Pegrum.

In 1901 Albert was 3 and living at Wood Green, Waltham Holy Cross with his parents and 1 brother and 5 sisters.

In 1911 Albert was 13 and living at Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey with his parents and 4 brothers and  2 sisters.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Warley.

Served as a Private (A or G/50646) in the 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment.

Was attached to 152nd Company, Royal Engineers.

On Active Service

First overseas after 31/12/1915.

Death

Died 6/10/1917.

Commemoration

Buried Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery (at V.A.6).

Entitled to the medal pair.

His father and then one of his sisters received a pension.

 

Best regards.

Stephen (Maldon).

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Just as a double check- there seems to be another Albert Pegrum in the Waltham Cross area at that time-  son of the family that ran a pub in Upshire (Details from pubwiki)

 

Horse Shoes, Upshire

Kindly provided by Dolores Dilley

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1871/William Palmer/Beer Retailer/37/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census ****
1871/Elizabeth Frances Palmer/Wife/39/Theydon Bois, Essex/Census
1871/William J Palmer/Son/9/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census
1871/Joseph G Palmer/Son/4/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census

1891/James Pegrum/Beer Retailer/34/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census ****
1891/Elizabeth Pegrum/Wife/35/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census
1891/Mary Ann Pegrum/Daughter/8/Nazing, Essex/Census
1891/Ernest Pegrum/Son/1/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census

1911/Elizabeth Pegrum/Inn Keeper, Widow/54/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census ****
1911/Albert W Pegrum/Son/17/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census

1911/Alec E Steele/Grandson/7/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census

 

    Your man seems a little light on years-or enlisted underage???      Presume your man's parents,etc tally against Soldiers Effects and pension records.

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The 1911 Census of England & Wales has 5 Albert Pegrum's who were born Waltham Abbey, (place of birth given on SDGW) and of an age that would have made them liable for service in the Great War - ages 35, 34, 20, 17 and an Albert W aged 17.

 

There is no age or additional information on CWGC and no surviving service records that I could find.

There is no Soldiers Will and no obvious Civil Probate.

 

Can you let us know why you believe this Albert is the son of Alfred and Annie?

 

Thanks,

Peter

 

 

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Hi Peter - the pension was to his father and then to a sister?

Regards.

S.

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30 minutes ago, voltaire60 said:

1911/Albert W Pegrum/Son/17/Waltham Abbey, Essex/Census

This one appears from pension card at WFA/Fold3 likely to be Albert William PEGRUM 105325 ASC - as The Horse Shoe, Waltham Abbey, is the address provided - died 4.6.1921 of pulmonary TB

:-) M

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42 minutes ago, Matlock1418 said:

This one appears from pension card at WFA/Fold3 likely to be Albert William PEGRUM 105325 ASC - as The Horse Shoe, Waltham Abbey, is the address provided - died 4.6.1921 of pulmonary TB

:-) M

So not our man then.

Regards.

Stephen.

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50 minutes ago, stephen p nunn said:

Hi Peter - the pension was to his father and then to a sister?

 

Sorry Stephen,

 

Should have been a bit more explicit with my question.

 

Coming at it with my genealogy head on and bearing in mind most of my experience comes from a Norfolk perspective so may not be universally applicable:) but for me a relatively uncommon surname in a fairly small area tends to mean that families are all likely to be related in some way. Given that it was common, at least then, for families to draw on a fairly small number of forenames that get replicated through the generations and the families tended to be larger, a father and sister name combination may not be unique enough to guarantee you have identified the right individual.

 

I can do a lot of legwork to exclude the other candidates but was hoping you had more in the way of a "smoking gun" that instantly ruled them all out.

 

Cheers,

Peter

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Thanks Peter - I understand. No, sadly I don't have any other family references. However, thank you and Happy New Year to you.

Best wishes.

Stephen. 

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