Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

James Henry Pugh (1884 - 1916)

James Henry Pugh was born at Loppington, Shropshire, where he was baptised on the 27th January, 1884. He was the son of John Pugh, a farmer, and his wife Sarah Emma. In 1891 the family were farming at Ford nr. Shrewsbury. The family fortunes appear to have declined somewhat as by 1901 the parents had moved to Netherton, Dudley, where John worked as a Farm Bailiff. By 1911 they were living in Alveley where John was a Cowman.

James worked as a carpenter in Wolverhampton. He joined the 6th Worcester Regiment (Militia) in 1901. By 1911 he was serving with the 82nd battery, Royal Field Artillery in Ceylon/India.

James went to France in May 1915, where he served with the 12th Battery, 35th Brigade RFA. He died of wounds on 10th September, 1916, probably sustained at the Battle of Guillemont (Somme 1916). He is buried in Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme.

Gunner James Henry Pugh, 45036, RFA, was awarded the Victory and British Medals and the 1915 Star.

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