Private John Pullen

Regiment:  3rd Dragoon Guards, 3rd Cavalry Division. 1st Brigade
Service No: 4033
Date & place of birth: April-June 1890, Petworth
Date & place of death: 28 September 1915, Western Front 

John Pullen had joined the Army before 1911, so was one of several on the Memorial for whom soldiering was a career rather than a duty.

Family background

John Pullen was born and raised in Petworth. His parents were Alfred and Agnes, who lived in The Shimmings (valley just east of Petworth town). Alfred was a gardener and John had one brother, Alfred, and five sisters, Winifred, Florence, Edith, Nellie and Dorothy.   

Military career

John was recorded in 1911 as being in the 1st Cavalry Brigade of 3rd Dragoon Guards, stationed in the Wellington Lines, Aldershot, which is where he had enlisted.

Death & commemoration

John Pullen died of wounds on 28 September 1915, but it is not known where he came by those wounds. It will have been on the Western Front as he is buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery. F.80

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