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There is a small article in the scrapbook of First World War newspaper cuttings dated 25 April 1915, which states the following:

The boys at Tettenhall Church Sunday School opened the day’s proceedings yesterday by singing the hymn ‘Fight the Good Fight’, in memory of the late Private E. E. Pugh, of the Coldstream Guards, who was the first of the old boys of the school to be killed in action during the present war. Private Pugh lived in Limes Road, Tettenhall, when he attended the Sunday School, and he afterwards entered the Royal Orphanage of Wolverhampton.

The Commonwealth War Graves site confirms that Ernest Edgar Pugh of the Coldstream Guards (number 8601) was killed on 23 October 1914 aged 22. He was the son of Lydia Fayram Raybould (formerly Pugh), of 2, Tabley Road, Tufnell Park, London, and the late James Benjamin Pugh.

pughErnest Edgar Pugh was born in Sheffield in 1892, and at some point the family obviously moved to Wolverhampton. His father died aged 37 in 1900, and his mother remarried to a William J. Raybould in 1912 in King’s Norton. His father’s death is presumably the reason he spent some time in the Royal Orphanage, now the Royal School. Ernest Pugh is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 3 February 1917 as one of the Old Boys of the Royal Orphanage. The article states that he “took part in much very hard campaigning and endured faithfully to the end”.