Other names: William Henry
Locations in this story: St. Marylebone, LondonGussage St. Michael, WiltshireEast Molesey, SurreyFrance & FlandersCleethorpes, LincolnshireDonhead St. Andrew, WiltshireHastings, Sussex
Story: William Henry Puig was born in St. Marylebone, London, on 15 Feb 1889 and baptised there at St. Barnabas Church on 4 Apr 1889 the son of Henry Puig, a House Painter, and Jane Ann Puig (nee Barker). He lived his early life in St. Marylebone until, by 1911, he was boarding in East Molesey, Surrey, where he was working as a Carman on the railway. His parents meantime had moved to Gussage St. Michael, Wiltshire. He had enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1902 but remained for only two months before buying himself out of the engagement. In WW1 he enlisted with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 37530). He served in France and Flanders from 17 Jul 1915 with the 25th Siege Battery. On his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. His parents by this time had moved to Overway, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire. By the time of the 1939 Register William was living at 5 Elm Gardens, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, working as an Ice Cream Salesman - he was still single at this time. His death was recorded in the Hasting, Sussex, Registry during 1978. His brother, George Charles, had also served in the conflict but was regrettably killed in action.