No.5154 Edwin Pugh
Edwin Pugh was born to Edwin Pugh and his wife, in Wrexham, Wales, England 1895. There are no other details on his mother's name or if he had siblings. According to Passenger records in Ancestry, he moved to Australia from Wales on 28 August 1913.
Edwin enlisted into the Army at Broadmeadows, Victoria on 18 July 1916. He was aged 21 years and 10 months and he was 5 feet and 4 inches tall. Edwin weighed 137 pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty two to thirty four inches. His complexion was listed as medium with blue eyes and maybe brown hair(the page with this description was ripped). All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
He embarked overseas to Folkestone on 19 July 1916. From 8 October 1916 to 19 October 1916 in England Edwin was A.W.L. and he forfeited 23 days pay. Edwin was taken on strength and joined the 23rd Battalion Reinforcements in France on 28 December 1916.
He went to hospital sick on 1 January 1917. He embarked to England from France on 11 January 1917 with bronchitis and was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wansworth on 13 January 1917.
He returned to Australia from Plymouth on 8 April 1917 still with Bronchitis and was discharged on 16 July 1917 with Disability (Chronic Bronchitis).
Another part of his Base Records had a record of him trying to enlist on 21 October 1914 with his mother's authorisation, her signature - Mrs Charles Heyward. And then again on 7 January 1916 under service record 4504 but no other records apart from Desertion dated 21 March 1916 was on this file.
In 1919, Edwin is living in Wales Street, Footscray North. He married Agnes Maria Ellis in 1919 and they had one son Desmond Francis born in 1920.
A undated letter from E. Pugh in his records note that he is living at 12 Norfolk Street Yarraville. The Electoral Roll has him living at this address in 1927. Other Electoral Rolls show Edwin and Agnes Marie living at 76 Park Street Yarraville in 1934, then at 44 Buckingham Street with Desmond Francis (their son) and his wife Ruth Eveline in Footscray in 1942.
Edwin passed away on 18 November 1948 and was buried in the Footscray Cemetery.
His headstone reads:
PUGH In loving memory of my beloved husband and our dear father, Edwin Pugh, died 18th November 1948, late 1st A.I.F. R.I.P.
In a letter dated 25 November 1948, Edwin's wife Agnes, wrote to the Base Record department requesting a next of kin badge. At this time she was living at 44 Buckingham Street Footscray.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal - 1 June 1921
- Victory Medal - 29 January 1924
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