1. Memorial:Hooge Crater Cemetery
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.132
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour13B GQS

Awards & Titles:

Mentioned in Despatches

Family :

Son of John Edward Pullen, of Standeford Mill, Wolverhampton; husband of Dora 1 G. Burns (formerly Pullen), of 84, Cleveland Rd., Ealing, London.

Education & Career :

Shrewsbury School, 100 years - Lieutenant Richard Standeford Pullen, 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment. Haydon’s (now Rigg’s), left in 1900 for Mason College, Birmingham. Captain of Sandwell Park Golf Club. “He gained no distinction at school but was one of those – and there are hundreds of them – who was living unobtrusively among us, only waiting for the opportunity to show their sterling quality” – The Salopian.

University of Birmingham.
Brewer from Wednesbury (1908). Part of a local family firm Hickman and Pullen.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment 

1st Battalion August 1914 : in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Returned to England, landing Southampton 19 September 1914. Attached to 22nd Brigade in 7th Division. Moved to Lyndhurst. 6 October 1914 : Landed at Zeebrugge. 20 December 1915 : transferred to 91st Brigade in same Division. November 1917 : moved with Division to Italy.

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele) 

31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.

Richard enlisted in September 1914 joining the Wolverhampton-based 1/6 Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment as a Private. He went to France with his battalion in March 1915 and was almost immediately given a temporary commission on 10 April 1915 into the 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, which was attached to 91 Brigade, 7th Division. Richard fought on the Somme with the division in 1916, and the following year it fought at Arras before moving to Ypres. He was killed near Ypres on 26 October 1917, aged 33, and is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.

Detail :

He was twice mentioned in despatches, and then was killed in action while leading his Company with the greatest gallantry in an attack which presented extreme difficulties in Belgium, 26th October 1917, aged 34. He is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium. Grave XVII. K. 10.

[Birmingham Mail 06 November 1917] - "A POPULAR MIDLAND GOLFER KLLLED.
. . . Lieut.-Colonel A. B Beauman, writing on October 31, states that on October 26 Sec.-Lieut. R. S. Pullen, S. Staffs. R., fell when leading his company in the attack with the greatest gallantry, in spite of most terrible difficulties, and adds :- "He will be a great loss to the battalion, as he was an able and popular officer. He had a lot of experience, and could always be trusted to do his job well. I saw him a few hours before the attack, and he was most cheery and confident." Mr. Pullen was 34 years of age. He received his education at Shrewsbury School and Mason College, and was a partner in the firm of Hickman and Pullen, Wednesbury. He was married in 1911 to Dora, younger daughter of the late Major A. E. Hart, of Handsworth, and leaves a widow and two children. Mr. Pullen joined the Army in September, 1914, being at that time captain of the Sandwell Park Golf Club, and also a member of the Wednesbury Golf Club where he was exceedingly popular. Lieut. Pullen was twice mentioned in despatches."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Saint Bartholomew No. 696 E.C.Staffordshire

8th September 1908
12th January 1909
9th March 1909

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