Pugh, John Tudor

John Tudor Pugh was born in Saint Asaph in 1889.

The 1891 census on shows that the Pugh family were living at 1, Elwy View Terrace, Saint Asaph. Head of the family, Hannah Pugh, widow, age 39, born in Saint Asaph was a Dressmaker by trade. Her husband Hugh had sadly passed away the previous year, he was a Journeyman and Bootmaker by trade and was born in Bala, Merionethshire. The children at home in 1891 were Thomas G. age 11, David C. age 9, Aneurin Gwynedd age 6, Llewelyn V. age 4 and John Tudor age 1, all the children were born in Saint Asaph.

Ten years on the 1901 census informs us that the Pugh family were still residing at 1 Elwy View, Saint Asaph although some of the children had flown the nest. Hannah Pugh is shown as Head age 47, Widow, a Dressmaker by trade and the children still at home were, Thomas Griffith age 21, a Plasterer’s Labourer, Aneurin Gwynedd age 16 a Garden Boy by trade and John Tudor age 11 a Scholar.

The 1911 Census reveals that Hannah Pugh, Widow age 58 was retired and had two sons still living at home, Llew Vaughan age 24 a Grocer’s Assistant and John Tudor age 22 a Butcher’s Assistant by trade. 

Record of Service Card held at Flintshire Archives Office, Hawarden.

This card shows that John Tudor enlisted into the South Wales Borderers and that his regimental number was 39745. He was Killed in Action on 26th November 1918, age 29. The card was dated 25th September 1919 and signed by W. Charles Jones.

Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1919 on

This record shows that Private John Tudor enlisted into the 5th Battalion, South Wales Borderers at Tredegar and that he was formerly in the Monmouthshire Regiment, regimental number 3725. He died of wounds on 26th November 1918 in France/ Flanders.

Soldiers Last Effects on Ancestry

This document shows that John Tudor was killed in Action and that his next of kin was his mother Hannah, it also lists his brothers names.

I cannot find a Service record for John Tudor Pugh and cannot explain why he enlisted in Tredegar which is situated in South Wales.

John Tudor Pugh was awarded The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

The following information is from Forces War Records website.

5th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers)
Sept 1914 Formed at Brecon as part of the Second New Army (K2) and then moved to Park House Camp near Tidworth, joining the 58th Brigade of the 19th Division and then moved to Basingstoke.
10.01.1915 Became a Pioneer Battalion of the 19th Division.
Jan 1915 Moved to Burnham, Somerset and then to Bulford and then Perham Down.
16.07.1915 Mobilised for war and landed ay Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Action of Pietre; diversionary action during the Battle of Loos.
The Battle of Albert, The attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre.
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.
The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel Ridge, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battle of the Selle, The Battle of the Sambre and the passage of the Grand Honelle.
11.11.1918 Ended the war at Hergies north of Bavai, France.

John Tudor Pugh died of wounds received during action in France/Flanders. He is buried at the Cambrai East Military cemetery, France.

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