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Harry Arthur Alfred Punchard (1902 - 1976)

Harry Arthur Alfred Punchard
Born in Brighton, Sussex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 26 Jan 1929 in Aldrington, Sussex, Englandmap
Father of [private daughter (1920s - unknown)] and
Died at about age 73 in St Albans, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
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Sussex (historic flag, adopted 2011)
Harry Punchard was born in Brighton, Sussex, England.
Harry Punchard is a Military Veteran.
Served in the British Royal Air Force, Aircraftman,31 Squadron
Served during the interwar years, 1919-1931

Harry Arthur Alfred Punchard, son of Harry Punchard, a cab driver, and Jane Young was born 6 September 1902 in Brighton, Sussex, England. [1] The oldest of three, Harry spent his childhood living at 15 Argyll Road from where he went to school. [2]

At the age of sixteen, on 17 February 1919, Harry joined the Royal Air Force in the Boy section. By this stage of his life, he was noted as being 5' 2" today, with a 29" chest, brown hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion. The family was still living on Argyll Road and Harry listed his father as next-of-kin.

Harry seems to have done well in the Air Force, moving into the adult section on his 18th birthday and being awarded the Good conduct badge on 6 December 1923 while flying with 31 Squadron. However, he was transferred to the reserves on 17 February 1927 and was discharged 16 February 1931. By this stage he was living at 62 Tamworth Road in Hove. [3][4]

Harry married Hilda May Butchers 26 January 1929 in Aldrington, Sussex. [5] The couple had two girls. The youngest, Audrey was born 13 September 1931 in Hove.

By September 1939, the family had moved to 101 Cambridge Road in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Harry was working as a Metal Tunner in the aircraft industry. It is quite possible that he worked at the De Havilland factory just down the road in Hatfield. [6]

Harry died in the September quarter of 1976 in St Albans, aged about 74. [7]


  1. Births index (CR) England and Wales. Brighton, Sussex. 4Q. 1902. PUNCHARD, Harry Arthur Alfred. General Register Office. Vol. 2B. p. 220. familysearch : accessed 22 November 2019.
  2. Census. 1911. England and Wales. Preston, Sussex. PUNCHARD, Harry [Head]. RG14/05157/0149/3. familysearch : accessed 22 November 2019.
  3. Royal Air Force (UK). Airmen Records. 6 September 1920. PUNCHARD, Harry Arthur. Service Number: 327474. Air Ministry: Air Member for Personnel and Predecessors: Airmen's Records; Series Number: AIR 79. ancestry : accessed 22 November 2019.
  4. https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/records/24502296/h-a-punchard-royal-air-force-royal-air-force/
  5. Marriages index (CR) England and Wales. Steyning, Sussex. 1 Q. 1929. PUNCHARD, Harry A A and BUTCHERS, Hilda M. General Register Office. Vol. 2B. p. 515. familysearch : accessed 22 November 2019.
  6. 1939 Register. England and Wales. St Albans, Hertfordshire. PUNCHARD, Harry A A [Head]. Ref: RG101/1631D/007/13 Letter Code: DEQI. findmypast : accessed 22 November 2019
  7. Deaths index (CR) England and Wales. St Albans, Hertfordshire. 3Q. 1976n PUNCHARD, Harry Arthur. General Register Officer. Vol. 10. p. 552. familysearch : accessed 22 November 2019.

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Hi Paul

Just a note to say I have added an image and a sticker to Harry's profile as part of the work I am doing during November to remember our service men and women.

Hope you like the additions

Regards Janet

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild

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