Lt Claude George Pugsley


1900 Dec 4. Born Barnstaple, Devon (he appears to have added 2 years to his age to enlist. The birth seems to have been registered as Thomas Henry C Pugsley (reg as such after the 1901 census which has Thomas P A Pugsley)

1901 The family is at 36, High Street, Ilfracombe,

1910 Jun 4 to 4 Dec 1914 Student at Church Lile House School, Exeter

1911 census at 39 High St, Ilfracombe

1915 Oct 26 Attested to RFC

1917 Oct 11. the undermentioned Cadets to be temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.) : — Claude George Pugsley

RAF Record

1918 Mar 25. Appointed Flying Officer (observer) C. G. Pugsley. 25th Mar. 1918, with seniority from 21st Jan. 1918

1920 Aug 6. Joined ADRIC with service no 110. Posted to J Coy

1922 Jan 23. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1929 Jan 31. Takes out a Seaman's Card to work as Assistant Steward on the SS Oransay

1939 Living at 6 Lower Bridge Road , Southampton C.B., Hampshire. He is single and a hotel waiter enrolled in RAF emergency reserve Correct dob

1942 Jun 1. W7698 was one of three No.78 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. Collided at 14,000 feet over Bocholt, Germany, with a night-fighter and, subsequently, crashed at Winterswijk (Gelderland), Holland, some 16 km NNE of where the collision occurred. Those killed are buried in the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek. S/L G.D.Leyland PoW Sgt J.E.R.Lyons KIA P/O L.G.Geddes RCAF PoW Sgt C.G.Pugsley PoW Sgt W.Brookes KIA Sgt J.Strang KIA P/O L.G.Geddes was interned in Camp L3, PoW No.373. S/L G.D.Leyland in Camps L3/21B/L3, PoW No.377. Sgt C.G.Pugsley in Camps L3/L6/357, PoW No.521. Stalag 357 was situated at Oerbke near Fallingbostel, Germany. The site of Camp 357 can be found at the side of the Hannover to Hamburg Autobahn, to the left of the road which leads to Obicer.

1960 Feb 15 Died