William Stanley Pullen

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           91887

Unit:                     15th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

William Stanley was the son of Joseph W J Pullen and was born in Bristol in 1894. 

On 4th November 1914 William enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) at 32 St. Pauls Churchyard. His Trade was recorder as “Clerk” and his next of kin (Father) Joseph Pullen of 25 Congleton Road St. George Bristol. At that time Williams’s place of residence was 71 Lyndhurst Rd. Bowes Park North London and his age recorded as 21 years & 4 months.

On 27th May 1916, William was posted to the 26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. 26th (Banker's) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) was raised in London on the 17th of July 1915 by the Lord Mayor and City of London, from volunteers who were mainly bank clerks and accountants. After initial training close to home they joined 124th Brigade, 41st Division at Aldershot in November 1915. They proceeded to France on the 4th of May 1916, the division concentrating between Hazebrouck and Bailleul. In 1916 they were in action at The Battle of Flers-Courcelette and The Battle of the Transloy Ridges on the Somme. In 1917 they fought during The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of the Menin Road and took part in the Operations on the Flanders coast.

On 30 June 1917 William was admitted to Edmonton Military Hospital London suffering from Otitis Media (middle ear infection) and on the 2nd July 1917 he was transferred to Horton Hospital Epsom for specialist treatment. (During the two World Wars the hospital was commandeered as a military hospital.)  William remained there until 17th August 1917 his medical record annotated “has not improved and is not likely to do so”. On 30th August 1917 William is posted to the B.E.F.

31st March 1918 finds William being transferred to the Durham Light Infantry where he joined 15th Battalion in France.  On 27/29th May 1918 he was reported as missing, a war office letter of 16th August 1918 reports that he was a prisoner of war in Germany.

William Pullen died at Langensalza in the Prisoners of War Hospital on 29th October 1918 at 3.30 p.m. Cause of death was pleurisy & pneumonia; he is buried and remembered with honour in the Niedrzwehren Cemetery, Kassel grave reference VI. K.14.

 Image by CWGC

William Stanley Pullen was awarded The British War Medal and The Victory Medal. A memorial scroll was sent to his parents at 25 Congleton Road St. George Bristol, it is not known if they claimed his medals.

 References

British Army WW1 Service Records

The Long Long Trail

The Wartime Memories Project - The Great War

UK Census 1901 & 1911