Those Who Served in WWI (UK)

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Evidence of WWI service has been found for 30 Pullums in the UK

Sons of Alfred and Mary Ann Pullum

Alfred William Pullum married Ann Smith (sometimes called Mary Ann) on July 19th 1874 at St Thomas ‘s Church in Bethnal Green , London. They had 11 children, 5 of whom were boys.

2 (possibly 3) of their sons served in the First World War.
(Walter) Frederick Pullum born 1884
Thomas Francis Pullum born 1886
Possibly also Arthur Edward Pullum born 1894

Ann died in 1904 and Alfred remarried widower Eliza Ellen Quartly neé Lee two years later. (She already had 2 children and they had a further 5 of their own). Alfred’s occupation changed from boot maker to greengrocer at about the same time.

(Walter) Frederick Pullum (1884 – )

Although his birth was registered as Walter Frederick in 1844 in Hackney, he was always known as Frederick. He had various jobs and in 1911 may have been working with his father but was a boarder with George and Emma Baker and their family. The following year on the 4th of August, he married their daughter Alice Amelia at St Peter’s Church in Bethnal Green, London.

He was a market porter and living in Clapton, when he enlisted on 13th February 1917, aged 33. He joined the 5th battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He did not undertake any ordinary duty as he was in Dane John Hospital, Canterbury from 8th May to 13th June and another three and a half weeks in a military hospital in Shorncliffe, Kent. On 20th August 1917, he had been in the army six months, but in hospital for about a third of this time and was examined by a doctor at Barnham Down Camp, Suffolk. He was declared permanently incapacitated with chronic bronchitis. He had had bronchitis and asthma since childhood but it had been severe since 1907, to the extent that he had only been able to work 2 – 3 days a week. On the 9th of November 1917, he was discharged from the army due to being physically unfit (not attributed to service).

His date of death was not been found but his wife remarried in 1928.

Thomas Francis Pullum (1886 – 1948)

 Thomas was born  on the 1st of November 1886 in Hackney, London (his birth was registered as Francis Thomas). He married Florence Smith on October 2nd 1910 at  St. Michael and All Angels, Hackney, London. He worked as a Taxi Cab driver. Thomas and Florence had 2 daughters before Thomas enlisted, Florence Maud born in 1912 and Doris Irene born 1915.

When Thomas joined the army in December 1916, because of his work as a taxi driver, he joined the Mechanical Transport Depot of the Army Service Corps in Grove Park, Lee, London. On the 16th of February 1917 he was posted to France. He boarded the S.S “Londonderry” at Southampton the following day and disembarked at Rouen on the 19th February 1917. He was attached to the 5th Auxiliary (Petrol) Company. Thomas had Furlough from the 6th to 20th of February 1918 and then was posted back to France until the 3rd of May 1919. He was demobilised on the 2nd of June 1919 but was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve

Class Z Reserve was authorised by an Army Order of 3 December 1918. There were fears that Germany would not accept the terms of any peace treaty and therefore the British Government decided it would be wise to be able to quickly recall trained men in the eventuality of the resumption of hostilities. Soldiers who were being demobilised, particularly those who had agreed to serve “for the duration”, were at first posted to Class Z. They returned to civilian life but with an obligation to return if called upon. The Z Reserve was abolished on 31 March 1920.

Thomas continued to work as a taxi driver and the family moved to Chingford, Essex. His wife Florence died in 1940 and he may have remarried and moved to Islington at the end of the year. He possibly died in 1948 (registered as Francis Thomas like his birth).

Arthur Edward Pullum born 1894

He may be the unidentified Arthur below

Sons of Charles and Amelia Pullum

Charles Albert Pullum, an artificial flower maker, he married Amelia Marie Sherriff on the 1st of August 1875 at St. John the Baptist Church in Hoxton, London. They had 8 children, including a set of twins, one of whom did not survive. They had one more child after this (Edward Alfred). Charles Albert died when Edward was 2 years old. Amelia died at the start of WWI in 1914

2 of their sons served in the British army during WWI
Thomas Frederick Pullum born 1881
Edward Alfred Pullum born1892
Son Alexander born 1884 was drafted into the army in the United States.

Thomas Frederick Pullum (1881 – 1959)

Thomas was born in 1881 in London. he became a clock and scientific instrument maker and on the 29th of July 1905, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Dockree at St Mark’s Church in Dalston, London. They had 4 children, all born before the start of the war, although the youngest had died before she was one year old.

However Thomas had been in the 4th battalion (volunteers) int the Essex Regiment before WWI and had been discharged at the end of his term of engagement in1908. On the 3rd Sept 1914, he enlisted and served as a private in the Essex Regiment. He was posted to the 3rd Battalion on the 18th September 1914 and then to the 2nd Battalion on May 25th 1915. On  the 1st of October 1916, he transferred to the military police corps. and was appointed acting Lance Corporal. He received a gun shot wound neck but where and when is unclear. He was discharged as no longer physically fit for military service. on the 19th of November 1917.

He died aged 78 in Stepney, London in 1959.

Edward Alfred Pullum (1892 – 1933)

Edward was the youngest child Charles and Amelia Pullum and was born on the 10th of December 1892 in Hoxton, London. He lived in Shoreditch and Hackney and was a french polisher and then became a cook in hotels and on ships.

Edward joined the Royal Navy Air Service on the 6th December 1916. From the start, he was an Officers’ cook III on the ship President II until the 5th of February 1917. He was transferred to Crystal Palace, then RAF Eastchurch until June 30th 1917. He was then on board the Daidalus from the 1st July 1917 to 31st March 1918 when he transferred to the R.A.F stationed at RAF Eastchurch. He was discharged in April 1919 but transferred to the RAF reserves on May the 15th that year.

After the war, he still worked as a cook and when he was 27 he went to the United States. He left Tilbury on the 20th of November 1920 on the Saxonia and sailed to New York to visit his brother in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania. He was naturalized there on 2nd of April 1921. He continued to work in Pittsburgh as a chef until his death in 1933, aged 41.

Alexander Pullum (1884 – 1947)

Alexander was born on the 19th of November 1884 at 19 Rahere Street, Finsbury, London. He lived in Shoreditch and worked as a clockmaker.  On October the 16th 1909, when he was 24, he traveled from Liverpool on the “Lusitania” to New York to visit a “cousin” in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pensylvannia. He became an engineer for a year and then became a musician. He went back to the UK but then in 1914 he sailed on the “Franconia” from Liverpool to Boston, Massachusetts and was naturalized in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the 25th of August 1916.

On September the 9th 1918 he was drafted into the US army. Details of his service are unknown.

After WWI, he continued to work as a musician in an orchestra, with some success according to newspaper reports. In 1930 he planned to go to Canada but was deported on arrival. He continued to live in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Sometime between 1931 and 1935 he married Agnes. He was redrafted in the army during WWII on 27th April 1942 and was noted to be blind in the right eye. He died of a coronary thrombosis at 10:10 on the 15th of October 1947 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.

Sons and Grandson of Charles and Elizabeth Pullum

Charles Augustus Pullum married Elizabeth Emma Smith on the 5th of October at All Souls in Marylebone, London. They had 5 children, two of whom died in infancy. Charles died before the start of the war on the 13th of March 1913.
Both of Charles and Elizabeth’s surviving sons served in WWI.
Arthur Richard Pullum born 1880
Ernest Graham Pullum born 1869
Their grandson, Ernest Victor, son of Ernest Graham born 1900 also served.

Arthur Richard Pullum (1880 – 1918)

Arthur was born on the 29th of December 1880 in Barnsbury, Middlesex (now in the London borough of Islington). He was the youngest of the three surviving children of Charles and Elizabeth. He lived in the Islington / Stoke Newington area of North London and had followed his father’s occupation of confectioner (baker) but later became a commercial traveller selling metal polish. Before the war in 1908 aged 27 he married 31 year old widow Mary Alice Tarran neé Kearsley in Cheshire, which was her place of birth.

He enlisted in Whitehall and joined the Army Service Corps (Canteens) possibly because of his bakery background. He was posted to Egypt where he died in Nasrich schools hospital, Cairo, Egypt of Dysentry aged 37 on the 15th of July 1918. He is buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt. His headstone reads “His memory is as dear today as in the hour he passed away”

Ernest Graham Pullum (1869 – 1958)

Ernest was born on the 31st of March 1869 in Poplar, London, England. As an adult he lived in Islington, London. He married Ada Mary Short at Christchurch, Highbury Grove, Islington, London on the 2nd of April 1896. Ernest worked as a warehouseman at a brace manufacturers and later became a commercial traveller. Before the war their 3 children had been born: Gladys Ada in 1898; Ernest Victor in 1900 and Edna Mable in 1903. His son also served in the First World War.

Ernest was 45 at the start of WWI, so was past the enlistment age. However it was reported in the 12th March 1917 edition of the London Gazette that on Novemebr the 1st 1916 he had been made a temporary captain in the County of London Volunteer Regiment (9th Battalion).

After the war, Ernest travelled to New York; became a freemason; had 2 patents accepted for “Improvements in or relating to braces, suspenders, and the like for wear” and retained the title of honorary captain. He died aged 89 in 1958 in Edmonton, Middlesex.

Ernest Victor Pullum (1900 – 1971)

 Ernest was born on the 24th of May 1900 in Islington. He was the son of Ernest Graham Pullum (above) and his wife Ada May neé Short.

The details of when Ernest served are not known .The only record of his service is in the Merchant Navy Seamen Records.

He married Doris M Lloyd in Edmonton in1928. Two years later, they had a son, who died young aged 17. Ernest became director of Pullum & Metcalfe ltd, a shoe manufacturer in Edmonton. Like his father, he also had several patents accepted related to shoe and boot manufacture. He travelled frequently to New York and also like his father was a freemason. He was divorced from Doris but remarried in 1940 again in Edmonton. It seems he may have met his second wife Cressy Harris, on board a ship going to New York 3 years previously. He died aged 71in Sutton in 1971.

Sons of Charles and Sarah Pullum

Charles Albert Pullum, a railway carman, married Sarah Ann Tudman on the 9th of February 1890 at Emannuel Church, Camberwell. They had 12 children, 2 of whom died before reaching one year of age. Sarah died at the end of WWI in 1918.
Of their 6 sons, 2 were too young to enlist.  There is evidence that two of them served:
William Henry John Pullum born 1893
Walter Thomas Pullum born 1897

William Henry John Pullum (1893 – 1917)

 William was the second eldest son of Charles and Sarah, born of the 6th of August 1893 in Camberwell, London. He worked as a Messenger for a tailoring company in Southwark, London.

He became a private in the 12th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment who died of his wounds in France on May the 5th 1917 aged 23. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His mother received £4 10/- 2d war gratuity, the second half of this £6 10/- was paid to his father as his mother by that time has died.

Walter Thomas Pullum (1897 – 1975)

Charles and Sarah’s third son Walter was born on the 20th of October 1897 in Newington, London.

 It is not known when he enlisted (he was under age at the start of the war) but he was a private in the Oxford and Buckingham Light Infantry.

After WWI he continued to live in Southwark at least  until his marriage to Florence Lilian Mc Cormack at St George’s, Hanover Square, London in 1932. By the start of WWII, he working as a gas fitter and living in Battersea. After the second world war, he was living at 5f Peabody Buildings, Horse Ferry Road, Westminster (built in 1922). His wife died here in 1949. Walter died in 1975 aged 77.

Sons of Edmund and Bessie Pullum

Edmund Pullum was a commercial traveller (rubber goods) who lived in Stoke Newington, London. He married Bessie Chapman on October 3rd 1896 in Padstow, Cornwall, which was Bessie’s place of birth. They lived in Islington, moved to Wood Green and then to Hornsey, London. They had 8 children. A son had died when less than a year old and a daughter died in 1918 aged 15 years. Bessie died in 1931 and Edmund remarried the following year.
Edmund and Bessie’s two youngest sons were still children in 1918 but their eldest son was in the army during WWI. They has two other sons who were twins but there is only evidence of one of them enlisting. Therefore those for whom there is evidence of their involvement in WWI are:
Thomas Edmund Pullum born 1897
Ernest Paul Pullum born 1899


Thomas Edmund Pullum (1897 – 1917)

Ernest Paul Pullum (1899 – )

Sons of Edward and Annie Pullum

Edward Charles Pullum and Annie Caroline Wallace married in Southwark in 1889. They had 13 children (3 died in infancy in 1900, 1901 & an unknown date). They moved from Blackfriars, London to Walthamstow, Essex about 1902.

They had 4 sons who served in WWI.
Charles Edward Pullum born 1894
Ernest Pullum born 1896
Alfred William “Deffie” Pullum born 1898
David Pullum born 1900
The youngest son Harold Arthur born 1905 was too young for enlistment.

Charles Edward Pullum (1894 – 1977)

Charles was born on the 31st of March1894 in The City of London.

Charles was a printer’s labourer but then became a motor mechanic before joining the Army Service Corp in October 1916 where he was employed initially as an electrical engineer.
At the start of 1918 there was a request that he be transferred to Maidstone be cause he was a “skilled motor driver”. When he joined the transport department of the Army Service Corp. in Sydenham, it seems he had limited movement of the fingers of his right hand, possibly due to fractures 5 years previously, but an x-ray showed no injury.  He also had slight lameness and on 23rd of August that year, he was declared suitable for light work in the Sanity section of the Army Service Corp. It also seems it was at this time he started to wear glasses.

On the 11th of February 1918, he married Rose Elizabeth Keen at Edmonton Register Office. Their first child was a daughter born on the 4th of April 1918 in Peckham. They went on to have 4 more children but tragically 2 died in infancy  and the only surviving son Charles Henry, died age 24 in WWII.

Charles was transferred several times during his army service: August 1918 to the labour corp; September 1918 to the 363 employment reserves;  then to 583 (HS) employment co.
In May 1919, he was suspected of having Tb but pleurisy of the left lung was diagnosed.
His final transfer was to the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). His Dispersal was at Crystal Palace on 25th September 1919.

In 1930 he was living in Norwood and by 1939 he was an electrical assistant, living with his wife and children in Kent. He died on April 12th 1977 at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent aged 83 and was buried a week later in Sidcup cemetery.

Ernest Pullum (1896 – 1916)

Ernest was born in 1896 in The City of London. He was a printer’s labourer aged 15 and later a printer and french Polisher.

Ernest joined the army before the start of the First World War. He signed up to the Essex Regiment (Special Reserve) for 6 years service on the 5th of September 1912, when he was 17 years and 8 months old.  As a new recruit, he first underwent training, which he completed July 1st 1913. He was mobilised on the 8th of August 1914 and posted to the 1st Essex Regiment, 3rd Batallion 1st February 1915. He did not serve in an expeditionary force.

In the same month, Ernest developed sudden back pain while working and found it painful to lie down. He was admitted to Norton Infirmary in Banbury and after tests, was diagnosed as having chronic nephritis. After 3 weeks, on the 17th of March 1915, (his age is stated to be 23 but he is only 18), he was transferred to Southern General Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham. There it is decided that his chronic nephritis was caused by cold exposure. Therefore not due to military service but aggravated by it. He was declared permanently unfit for war service and also that his capacity for earning a full livelihood in the general labour market lessened by 3/4. He was therefore discharge from the army at Harwich.

In just under a year on the 8th of February 1916 Ernest died in Essex. A war gratuity of £3 was paid to his father Edward.

Alfred William “Deffie” Pullum (1898 – 1979)

Alfred was born on St. Valentine’s day 1898 in The City of London.

He was a sapper in the Royal Engineer, enlisted on the 19th of April 1917. He was discharged on 18th January 1918 as he was no longer physically fit for service due to sickness.

The following year he married Lily Florence Nash. They lived in Havant Road, Walthamstow and had 3 children. Alfred worked as a motor fitter. He won the Wood Street Walking race twice aged 57 and 58. He died aged 81 in 1979.

David Pullum (1900 – 1991) 16th August to 19th September;

David was born on New Year’s Eve 1900 in Ludgate Hill in The City of London. He was a Turner’s improver (i.e. learning to use a lathe on wood or metal).

He was 18 in 1919 and joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker. He served aboard several ships: “Pembroke II”  18th June to 15th August 1919; “Bellerophon” 16th August to 19th September 1919; “Pembroke II”  20th September to 8th December 1919; “? (Champion)” 9th December 1919 – 7th April 1920; “Pembroke II”  8th April to 20th September 1920; Columbine (?) 21st September to 5th March 1922, when he was transferred to shore and left the Navy with a free discharge.

In 1925 David married Mary Novello Lucy Byatt. They had 2 daughters and lived in Ilford, Essex. David worked as an omnibus conductor. He died in Colchester, Essex in 1991 aged 90.

Son of Frederick and Ada

Parents Frederick John Pullum and  Ada Kate Harriet Field

Frederick William Pullum (1898 – 1969)

Sons of Frederick and Agnes Pullum

Parents Fredrick James Pullum and Agnes Morton

Frederick James Pullum (1888 – 1936)

William John Pullum (1893 – 1948)

John Alfred Pullum (1898 – 1960)

Note unidentified Henry as son Henry served as per marriage record.

Son of Frederick and Emma Pullum

Parents Frederick Pullum and Emma White

Frederick Herbert Pullum (1888 – 1996)

Son(s) of George and Mary Ann Pullum

Parents George Albert Pullum and Mary Ann (Marrianne) MIERS

Arthur Vernon see unidentified

Samuel John Ernest Pullum (1879 – 1963)

Sons of Harry and Elizabeth Pullum

Henry (Harry) Alfred Pullum,  a 46 year old  artificial florist  married Elizabeth Clara Stevens in 1870. They had 10 children, 2 who died when young. There were 5 sons, the eldest two were past enlistment age at the start of the war.
2 sons  and perhaps a 3rd called Frederick (below) served in the First World war.
Arthur William Pullum born 1892
Albert Edward Pullum born 1896 (their youngest)
Henry (Harry) Alfred Pullum died when Arthur was 8 and Albert 6. His wife died a few months before the start of WWI.

Arthur William Pullum (1892 – 1933)

Arthur was born on the 23rd of February 1892 in Hoxton, Shoreditch, London, England. He was an umbrella finisher.

He was a private in the Labour Corps. from the 12th of December 1915 to the 1st of September when he discharged as no longer physically fit for war service due to sickness.

During his time in the army, he married Catherine Mead Clinton in 1917 in Mile End, London. After the war in 1925, they had a son. Arthur died on the 11th of February 1933 in Hackney, London, England.

Albert Edward Pullum (1896 – 1973)

Albert was born 20th July 1896, at 39 Shepperton Road, Islington, London, England.

Albert was a paper cutter when he joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 1st August 1917. He joined “A” Naval Squadron in April 1918 as an aircraftman, second class on the ship “President II”. He was on the ship Daidalus (Dunkirk) for a month in 1918 and then joined the R.A.F 115 Squadron as aircraftman, first class at the end of that year. He transferred to the R.A.F “G” reserve on 14th May 1919.

He married Winifred Bertha Bishop in 1923 in Kensington. The lived in Hackney and then moved to Enfield. Albert died age 77 in 1973.

Son of Horatio and Rose Pullum

Parents Horatio Henry George Pullum and Rose Ann Stirling

Stanley Douglas Stirling Pullum (1896 – 1969)

Unidentified Servicemen

Most could be identified as those on my database / tree but some could not because either there were several possibilities of who they could be or no likely candidate was found.
There were 6 such individuals in WWI records.

Arthur Pullum (unidentified)

Arthur Pullum was a Private and then a Lance Corporal in the 10th London regiment from the 3rd of May 1916 to the 4th of August 1919. He fought in South West Africa.

It is not clear which of 2 possible Arthur Pullums he might be, or indeed if he is someone else not known about.
Arthur Edward Pullum (1894 – 1956)
Is the more likely as in 1916 he would have been aged 22.
He was the son of Alfred William Pullum and (Mary) Ann neé Smith
Arthur Vernon Pullum (1870 – 1944)
would have been past enlistment age at 46 years old.
He was the son of George Albert Pullum and Mary Ann (Marrianne) neé Miers
However no second name is on the military records, so it could also be someone else.

Frederick Pullum (unidentified)

Possibles: Frederick John (1876 – 1938); Frederick Robert ( 1899 – 1959); Frederick Walter (1892 – 1956); Frederick (1885 – 1963)

Frederick W Pullum (unidentified)

Frederick William has different service number & regiment. May be Frederick Walter (1892 – 1956)

Henry Pullum (unidentified)

Possibles: Henry Morton Pullum (1889 – 1976) – “soldier” at time of marriage, but recorded as “Henry Morton (formerly Henry Morton Pullum”; Henry (1887 – 1944); Henry Stanley (dates unknown); Henry (1888 – 1952); Henry James (1864 – )

John Pullum (unidentified)

born in Devonshire, no other details

Warren Henry Pullum (unidentified)

Correct transcription but there is no known Warren Pullum

(Last updated 28.05.2017)