The son of Mrs. Annie E. Pugh, John Edwardes Pugh emigrated to Canada when he was 23 years old. A civil service clerk, he was living in Stoney Plain, Alberta when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 23 Sept 1914. He served with the Alberta Dragoons until he was wounded on the Somme on 16 September 1916. When he recovered he transferred to aviation and following pilot training he flew the D.H.4 with 25 Squadron, becoming a flight commander and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1918 after eight months of operations.
Listed as John Edwards Pugh in the British Columbia death index.
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. John Edwardes Pugh, Can. Loc. Forces, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He carried out twenty successful bombing raids and fifteen long-distance photographic reconnaissances, showing great determination in carrying out his work, in spite of strong opposition by enemy aircraft. In two days he took 108 photographs in the course of long-distance flights. During a period of five days he dropped three-quarters of a ton of bombs on enemy troops and transport, and engaged ground targets with machine-gun fire from a low altitude. On one occasion whilst on a bombing raid he was attacked by five enemy machines, one of which he destroyed. He set a splendid example of skill and resource.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918 (30761/7429)