The Tank Museum | Recipient

Clifford Edmund Pullin

Service No. 2136087, 222 Field Company Royal Engineers
Born : 15th July 1917
Died : 2006
Born in Burton, Wiltshire, he was the second of 4 brothers. His father managed a chicken farm and the family moved around a lot until finally settling in Ford, nr. Chippenham, Wiltshire. Cliff went to the village school where he was taught by his aunt. He went on to chippenham Secondary School until he was 16 in 1933.
Between 1933 and 1936 he worked in London in a grocer's shop and then from 1936-1939 be worked in the building trade as a carpenter. He was called up in 1939 and went to Catterick on Christmas Eve. However he and his friend were not expected and so they spent Christmas Day in the camp. Because of his trade he was placed in the Royal Engineers (222 Field Company) and was sent to Regent Street Polytechnic to sit an exam to qualify for traders pay. While he was studying in London he met his future wife who was a student nurse at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
During 1942 and early 1943 he was involved in the making of the "Y-shaped bomb sight" vital for the Dambusters to be able to accurately drop their bombs and breach the dams.
On 8th April 1944 just before D-Day he was able to get a 24 hour pass and went to Aldeburgh to meet his fiance where they got married. He returned to active duty the next day.
On 16th August 1944 he was posted to France, Holland and Germany, within the 79th Armoured Division, where they worked on the vehicles known as "Hobart's Funnies". In particuar he was involved with the Mark III Churchill AVRE.
After the war he returned to Castle Combe as a builder and after 8 years there the family emigrated to Canada. They lived in and around Toronto until moving back to England in 1963.

1939-45 STAR