Francis Henry Pugh

First Name: 
Francis
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Pugh
Alternate Spelling: 
Frank
Mother's Name: 
Annie Pugh (nee Sparkes)
Father's Name: 
George Horatio Nelson Pugh
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, May 19, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
20th Battalion
Company: 
5th Brigade
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Star 1914/15 Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Wollongong
Details: 

Francis Henry (Frank) Pugh was born in North Sydney, 1893, to George Horatio Nelson Pugh and Annie Sparkes (nee). Prior to the war he was a farm labourer.

He enlisted on 19 May, 1915 at Bogan Gate at the age of 22 years and 11 months. He embarked on 25 June, 1915 from Sydney on HMAT Berrima, ship A35. Frank was in the 20th Infantry Battalion.

Frank suffered from a medical condition and was admitted to hospital multiple times while on active service. He was deemed medically unfit after being diagnosed with epilepsy and was officially discharged from the A.I.F at Sydney on 23 August, 1916.

He settled in Bellambi after the war and then moved to 29 Daisy St, Fairy Meadow. He married Lucy Harriett Birch (nee) and they had two children, George and Joyce Annie. Frank subsequently worked as a miner.

He died in Wollongong, 1983.

Frank’s family have preserved not only photos and postcards from his service but personal possessions, letters and trinkets which were sent to his parents and wife-to-be.

 

N.B. Service photo: Frank Pugh is seated.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PUGH FRANCIS HENRY

Images

Black and white portrait of five men in uniform.
Embroidered fabric banner belonging to Francis Henry Pugh.
Identity tag of Francis Henry Pugh.
Dressings from the Western front.
Black and white photo of soldiers in a hospital ward.
Black and white photo of soldiers in a hospital ward.
Picture of field glasses with its case.
Sepia picture of Luxor temple in Egypt
Black and white picture of soldiers in Heliopolis hospital

Comments

I remember Mr Pugh as I always called him as a child. I lived in 23 Daisy Street and grew up with his grand-daughter Lorraine. She sold me my first car, a standard 10 for 200 pounds. It was a great little car. Lovely memories of the whole family

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