Those Who Served in WWI (UK)

Including the 3 who died, evidence of WWI service has been found for 29 Pullums in the UK

Also, although aged 50, at the start of the war, Digby Templeton rejoined the army and was promoted to sergeant. He was born Percy Digby Templeton Pullum, son of the music hall success Henry Templeton. Unlike his father, Percy seems to have changed his name not for the purpose of a stage name but due to a previous brush with the law.


Those identified are from 12 families.

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 (although one may be the Frederick  (unidentified) below).  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. He was transferred from an unanmed hospital to the 139th Field Ambulance Hopsital on 20th May 1916 and had 5 days treatment for I.C.L of his heel before been sent back to duty.
He  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)

Thomas Edmund Pullum was the eldest son of Edmund and Bessie Pullum. He was born on the 9th of July 1897 in Islington, London, England.

He enlisted at the start of WWI. He was a private in the duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment.

On the 3rd of May 1917, when he was aged 19, he was presumed dead and then declared killed in action. He is buried in Pas de Calais, France (Arras memorial) and was remembered by St. Paul’s Church, Harringay, London, where he was a parishioner.

Ernest Paul Pullum (1899 – )

The second or third son being one of twins (his twin brother was Gregory Arthur). He was born in Islington in 1899. He was a draper’s assistant.

According to his military records, he had been “delicate” with a chronic cough. Therefore despite enlisting on the 30th of July 1917, he did not complete training. He had a chronic cough, heart murmur  as well as being poorly developed. He was discharge as being unfit for service on the 15th of March 1918.

I have no records relating to Ernest (or his twin) following this.

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

Frederick John Pullum, aged 21, married 20 year old Ada Kate Harriet on Christmas Day 1897 at St John the Baptist, Hoxton, London, England. They had 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls. One son and a daughter died before they were a year old.
Their Eldest son served in WWI:
Frederick William Pullum

Their other 4 surviving sons were too young. At least 3, William Banner Alexander, Henry George and Richard John and served in WWII. The latter died at sea whilst serving aboard the H.M.S. Avenger.

Frederick William Pullum (1898 – 1969)

Frederick William Pullum, the eldest child of Frederick John and Ada Kate Harriet Pullum, was born on December 6th 1898 in Shoreditch and baptised in Hoxton.

He was working as a clerk when he enrolled for service on the 2nd December 1916, aged 17 and began his training in Aldershot on the 20th of February 1917 . He was private in the Queen’s Own Regiment, 7th battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment. He was reported as missing in action from the 12st to 28th March 1918. This was because he had been captured at Elancourt and was being held as a prisoner of war. After the war, he was repatriated to England on December 3rd 1918.

In 1926, he married Violet Rosetta Silcox. They had a son and a daughter and Frederick was a civil servant, working as a clerk for the ministry of labour and living in Barking, Essex in1939. He died in 1969.

Sons of Frederick and Agnes Pullum

Frederick James Pullum married Agnes Morton on the 10th of June 1885 at St Stephen’s, Lindley, Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Although Frederick was born in Shoreditch and lived there and in nearby Islington, Agnes was born In Liverpool, Lancashire but brought up in Huddersfield. Frederick’s recorded occupations were varied  being waiter, Fish shop keeper, Fishmonger, Fish porter and Fish fryer. So he was perhaps a fishmonger, whose shop included a fish & chip shop. They lived in Euston, London but were in Huddersfield at the time of the 1901 census and later lived in Shoreditch. They had 12 children. 2 died as infants and of those that survived, 5 were girls & 5 boys. Thomas Charles was too young to serve in WWI.

Of the remaining four of their sons, WWI records have been found for three:
Frederick James Pullum born 1888
William John Pullum born 1893
John Alfred Pullum born 1898
I have not found military records for their other son Henry Morton Pullum (there are records for a Henry Pullum that could be one of several individuals) however when he married in 1918 [recorded as Henry Morton (formerly Henry Morton Pullum)], his occupation was recorded as soldier and therefore he probably did serve in WWI, although I have also found no records for him as Henry Morton.

Frederick James Pullum (1888 – 1936)

Frederick James Pullum, the eldest (surviving) son of Frederick and Agnes Pullum was born on the 10th of May 1888 in St Pancras, Middlesex (now London). He was telephone operator at a shipping exchange and married Maud Edith Short on 21st of March 1913 at Kingsland Road Register Office.

He was a Public House Manager when he was enlisted into the 13th London Regiment on June 24th 1916. He was called up on the 17th October 1916 and was posted the following day. He transferred between regiments several times and served with 16th Battalion Royal Defence Corp and 3rd Royal West Kent Regiment and possibly others. Some of these transfers may have been due a disability. On joining the army, it was noted that he had had a fractured ulna in the past. It appears that he developed ligament and nerve problems secondary to this while in the army. He was demobilised on February 13th 1919.

Frederick and Maud had 3 children. Gladys Florence M (1915 -); Frederick Redvers (1916 – 2001) & Kenneth Lionel Short (1924 – 2015). From about 1933, Frederick was landlord of The Duke of York Public House, 24 Wenlock Street, London N1 (his brother-in-law Redvers Clarence Short had taken over The Shaftesbury Arms). He was convicted of Drink driving and driving without due care and attention and fined £45 in September 1935 (reported in the “Essex Newsman”). He died at The Duke of York on the 9th of May 1936, aged 47,  and was buried 6 days later in Abney Park Cemetary in Stoke Newington, London N16. He left £969 10s 9d to his wife Maud, who took over the pub at least until 1939.

William John Pullum (1893 – 1948)

William John Pullum was born in the St Pancras district on the 16th of February 1893.

He was a private in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. The only details found were of his disembarkation on 22nd September 1919, but he had served for at least 4 years.

On the 1st of August 1915 he married Maud Adelaide Clarke at St John the Baptist, Hoxton. He is recorded as being a soldier, residing in Sutton Veny, Wiltshire . William and Maud had 5 children. Frederick Charles (1920 – 1963); William George (1921 – 1989); Doris M M (1922 – 1992); Lily Rose (1924 – 2006) and Victor J (Patrick) (1927 – 1965). William was a ladies handbag maker and the family lived in Haberdasher Street in Shoreditch, London. He died on the 3rd of March 1948 and was buried in Manor Park Cemetery in Newham, Essex the following week.

John Alfred Pullum (1898 – 1960)

John Alfred Pullum was born 12th May 1898 and was named after a sibling who had died aged 6 months, 2 years earlier.

John enlisted on March 12th 1916, so a couple of months off aged 18. He served as a rifleman in the 11th Battalion of the Finsbury Rifles until 23rd June 1919.

John married Ellen Rebecca (Helen) Webber in 1922 in Hackney. They had 2 girls and twin boys, although only one of the twins survived. They moved from Islington to Welling in Kent and John worked as a telecommunications engineer with the Post Office. He died on the 9th of January 1960 in a nursing home and was cremated at Eltham Crematorium in Greenwich.

Son of Frederick and Emma Pullum

In 1874, bus conductor, Frederick Pullum was widowed, when his children were aged 6, 4 & 2 but he did not remarry until 1884, when on the 15th of March, he married Emma White at Holy Trinity Church in Islington, London. He worked as a cable maker and later became a Telegraph Cable Examiner and foreman. Frederick and Emma’s first child, a daughter, died when a few months old in 1887. They had a second child the following year and this was their son Frederick Herbert.

Frederick Herbert Pullum did serve in WWI but was exempt from combative service following a conscientious objection tribunal .

Son(s) of George and Mary Ann Pullum

George Albert Pullum, a messenger, married Mary Ann (Marrianne) Miers on the 1st of February 1863 at St John the baptist, Hoxton, London.  they had 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughters. One boy and one girl died in infancy.

Of the surviving 4 sons, at the start of WWI, the eldest Horatio George was aged 61, Charles Albert was 49 and Arthur Vernon was  aged 44. It is possible the latter did serve in WWI and is the “unidentified” Arthur below.
The one son who definitely served in WWI was Samuel John Ernest.

Samuel John Ernest Pullum (1879 – 1963)

Samuel was the youngest of George and Mary’s children and was born in Camberwell, Surrey on the 9th of October 1879. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his father died 5 years later. It is likely that he then lived with his brother Charles.

Samuel was working as a warehouseman when enlisted in March 1916 and called up for service on the 5th of May 1917. He joined the Army Service Corps as a driver on the  8th of May 1917, aged nearly 37. He was discharged as being no longer fit for military service, due to deafness, on the 6th of July 1918.

After WWI, he was brewer’s labourer and on the 15th of February 1921 he was admitted to Newington Workhouse but was discharged the same day to hospital. 4 years later he is back with his brother Charles, whose wife had died in 1918. Charles died in 1934 and then Samuel is seen living with his nephew Frederick in Southwark to at least 1959, when he is 80. He died on the 15th of March 1963 in hospital in Lewisham and was buried 10 days later in Sidcup Cemetery in Kent.

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 one 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

Milkman Horatio Henry George Pullum was married to Rose Ann Stirling on the 1st of February at St John the Evangelist in Southwark, Surrey. They has 4 children. Their eldest was (Horatio) William Albert, who became the famous weightlifter. I have  not found any WWI records for him. The second child was  a daughter, Rachel. The youngest Walter Leonard Pullum was too young to serve in WWI. Therefore one of their children, Stanley served in WWI.

 Stanley Douglas Stirling Pullum (1896 – 1969)

Born in February 1896, Stanley Douglas Stirling Pullum, the second son of Horatio and Rose was a printer’s labourer and later a clerk.

He joined the Royal Field Artillery Service as a driver on the 12th of August 1914. Recorded overseas service includes: Egypt from 15th June 1915 to October of the same year, when he was moved to Macedonia & Serbia until August 1917 and then to Palestine until the 6th of January 1919.

Stanley contracted malaria on the 13th of June 1916 and had several bouts, resulting in him being admitted to various hospitals including the 5th Canadian Hospital, Salonika; Imntarfa Hospital, Malta; 21st General Hospital, Alexandra (twice); 71st General Hospital, Cairo and finally the 4th London general Hospital in Paddington Hill Hospital, Harrow Road, W9. The last attack of malaria that he had was in November 1918 and he was discharged from hospital on the February 12th 1919. He was discharged from the army on the 13th of March 1919.

In 1921, Stanley married Frances Rita Hankinson in Camberwell, London. They lived in Camberwell and Stanley worked as a dairy saleman. They did not have any children. It appears they moved to Kent when he retired and Frances died there in 1962. Stanley died 7 years later.

Unidentified Servicemen

Rather than unidentified, perhaps I should call the servicemen below unmatched. I have assumed on this occasion that this is not due mis-recording of the name. Records for most of the servicemen could be linked to an individual 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. This was usually due to a lack of information, most often because the only record found was a medal card.
There were 5 such individuals in the WWI records.

Arthur Pullum (unidentified)

Records found (and sources): Medal Card (The National archives); WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 (Ancestry); British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (Ancestry); Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards (Find My Past).

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, as there is no second name is on the military records.

Arthur Edward Pullum (1894 – 1956)
Is the most likely as in 1916 he would have been aged 22, as he was born in Hackney, London in 1894.
He was the youngest son of Alfred William Pullum and (Mary) Ann neé Smith and brother of  (Walter) Frederick above. (Walter) Frederick (1884 – )
He worked as a printer’s assistant and married Susan Jane Grafton in 1924 in Hackney. They had 3 sons and 2 daughters but two of the sons died in infancy. They continued to live in Hackney, but Arthur died in Quidenham, Norwich in 1956 aged 62.

Arthur Vernon Pullum (1870 – 1944)
As he was born in 1870, Arthur in 1916 would have been past enlistment age at 46 years old but it is possible that he still served in WWI until he was 50 years old.
He was the son of George Albert Pullum and Mary Ann (Marrianne) neé Miers and elder brother of Samuel John Ernest Pullum, seen above.
He had several occupations such as porter, drayman, carman and brewer’s labourer. He married Louisa Eleanor (Helena) Saggs in Camberwell in 1893. They may not have had any children (a potential daughter born c. 1900 has been found but from her marriage record only). Arthur was recorded as being a widower when he married again in 1900 (Louisa may have died the year after their marriage). With his second wife, Elizabeth Henrietta Goodheart he had 3 daughters. The family continued to live in Camberwell, London but Arthur’s death is registered in Cambridge in 1944.


Frederick Pullum (unidentified)

Records found (and sources): Medal Card (The National Archives); British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (Ancestry); Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards (Find My Past); Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920 (Find My Past).

Frederick was enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery 4 A Reserve Brigade on the 1st of January 1917 and discharged due to sickness on the 10th of September the same year.
There was no second name recorded, so he may be Frederick Pullum (1885 – 1963). However, although less likely,  he could also be Frederick John (1876 – 1938) or Frederick Robert (1899 – 1959),  or even one of the two Frederick W Pullums below.

Frederick Pullum (1885 – 1963)
The most likely is this Frederick who would have been aged 31 years on enlistment in 1917 as he was born on 26th November 1885 in Hoxton, London, he was the third eldest surviving son of Henry (Harry) Alfred Pullum and Elizabeth Clara nee Stevens above. He was a cardboard cutter in a Box making company in Hackney. On 16th January 1910, aged 24 he married Daisy Brazier, who was the same age at St Paul’s Church, Cannonbury, Islington, London. They had 4 daughters: Daisy Isobel born 1910, Eva Maud born 1916, Olive born 1920 and Grace born 1922 (Grace died age 5). The family remained in Hackney and Frederick died aged 77 on 14th March 1963.
Two of his brothers served:
Arthur William Pullum born 1892
Albert Edward Pullum born 1896

Frederick John (1876 – 1938)
Frederick often did not use his middle name. He was born in Shoreditch in 1876, so would have been 41 in 1917 and above enlistment age. In fact he would have been only just young enough to enlist at the start of WWI. He was the second son of William Banner Pullum and Caroline nee Glover. He married Ada Kate Harriett Field when he was 21 and was a fancy leather worker making wallets and bags. Frederick and Ada had 6 sons and 5 daughters.
Their Eldest son, Frederick William Pullum, served in WWI.
Ada died in 1923 and Frederick married his first cousin Mary Ann Glover in 1929. He died 7th October 1938 in London.

Frederick Robert (1899 – 1959)
Frederick Robert Pullum was the second youngest son of Charles Albert Pullum and Sarah Ann nee Tudman. As he was born on 25th May 1899, Frederick Robert would not have been old enough to enlist at the start of WWI. He was however already working from 8th November 1913 as a carman at  Willow Walk Station, London, England, for the Brighton and South Coast Railway. He was a van gaurd from 11th January 1914 (and although 14, he is recorded as being 15 years old). At the start of 1917, although still not old enough to enlist, it is possible that he did. Against this that as he was working on the railway, he was probably in a reserved occupation and it was more unusual for young men to be discharged from the army due to sickness.
Frederick did not marry until he was aged 48, when he married 57 year old Helen Randall Murdoch in Southwark. He died in Walworth, SE London on 31st August 1959.

Frederick W Pullum (unidentified)

Records found (and sources): Medal Card (The National Archives); Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards (Find My Past).

Frederick W Pullum was private in the Royal West Kent Regiment. His medal card has no other details except his regimental number G/20554 (general service).

He may be one of 2 possible Frederick W Pullums.

Frederick William Pullum (1898 – 1969)
Son of Frederick & Ada (above), had a different service number and regiment from the ones in these records, but some servicemen did transfer to other regiments and have more than one number.

Frederick Walter Pullum (1892 – 1956)
Frederick Walter Pullum was the only surviving son of Frederick Lincoln Pullum, a bootmaker and Mary Jane nee Hoskins. He had 3 sisters but his elder brother, born two years before him had lived less than 3 months. The third son was one of twins, who did not survive long after birth. Frederick Walter was born on the 8th March 1892 in Hackney. He worked as a porter in a cable warehouse and later became an electrician.
He married Eva Oakley towards the end of the war on 3rd August 1918 at St John’s Hackney, London. They had 3 daughters and the family moved to Southgate, Enfield, Middlesex and lived there until Frederick’s death on 30th october 1956 aged 64.

Henry Pullum (unidentified)

Records found (and sources): Medal Card (The National Archives); WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 (Ancestry) X2; British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (Ancestry); Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards (Find My Past); Silver War Badge Roll 1914-1920 (Find My Past).

Henry Pullum enlisted on the 3rd of September 1914 and served as a private in the 9th Devonshire Regiment. He disembarked on 27th July 1915 and fought in France, where he was wounded. He was discharged from the army on 1st February 1917 as he was no longer fit for service due to his wounds.

This Henry enlisted in Sept 1914 so before conscription (1916) and the group scheme (1915) so a recuit had to be aged between 18 and 38, unless they had previously served in the army (then accepted up to age 45).

I do not know of any Henry Pullums who served in the army before 1914. Therefore, I have looked at Henry Pullums born between 1876 and 1896.
There are 3 possible Henry Pullums that this could be: Henry Pullum (1888 – 1952); Henry Pullum (1877 – 1944) and less likely  Henry Morton Pullum (1889 – 1976);

Henry Pullum (1888 – 1952)
Henry was born on 13th of July 188 in London, he was the only surviving son of Henry James Pullum and Phoebe nee Owen. He was a bird cage maker like his father. He married Elizabeth Webb at St Bartholomew’s, Bethnal Green on Christmas Day 1912. Thier first son, Henry Thomas, was born before WWI in 1913 and their second son Alfred George was born during the war in March 1916. After the war, I belive, they had 6 more children born between 1919 and 1936 (being checked). Henry died in Bethnal Green in 1952.

Henry Pullum (1877 – 1944)
This Henry Pullum would have been 37 on enlistment and 40 at the time of his discharge as he was born on 1st July 1877. He was the middle son of of William Banner Pullum and Caroline nee Glover and brother of Frederick John (1876 – 1938) above.
On 23rd December 1900 he married Beatrice Mary Trueman at St Mary’s, Haggerston, Hackney, London. Their two daughters were born before WWI, Beatrice Caroline in 1904 and Jessie Annie Farnish in 1913. Henry was a fish porter and died in Shoreditch in 1944.

Henry Morton Pullum (1889 – 1976)
Henry Morton Pullum was born on 21st October 1889 in the St Pancras area of London, one of twelve children of Frederick James Pullum and Agnes nee Morton above.
In 1911, he is not with his family and is working as a clicker for a boot manufacturer. Although his occupation is given as soldier when he gets married to Esther Maud Soloman in Clerkenwell, it is on 23rd October 1918, so after Henry Pullum’s discharge. He also from at least the time of his marriage onwards has dropped Pullum from his name and the marriage records has him as “Henry Morton (formerly Henry Morton Pullum).

Warren Henry Pullum (unidentified)

Records found: Medal Card (The National archives); British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (Ancestry); Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards (Find My Past).

Warren Henry Pullum served with the Devonshire regiment. He enlisted on the 3rd of September 1914. He was discharged on 1st February 1917 being no longer fit for war service due to being wounded.

I have found no other records at all for a person with this name.

(Last updated 18.03.2018)