The Times/1903/Obituary/Henry William Pullen


The Rev. Henry William Pullen, who died on the 15th inst. at a nursing home in Birmingham, aged 67, had had a somewhat varied career. He was born in 1836, his father being the Rev. William Pullen, rector of the famous village of Little Gidding, in Huntingdonshire. He was educated at Marlborough under Dr. Cotton, and proceeded to Clare College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1859. He was ordained deacon the same year, and priest in 1860, by Dr. Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, on his appointment to an assistant mastership at Bradfield College. In 1862 he was elected vicar choral in York Minster, and in the following year to a similar office in Salisbury Cathedral, which he held till 1875. In that year he was appointed chaplain to her Majesty's ship Alert, the vessel commanded by Vice-Admiral Markham in Sir George Nare's Arctic expedition of 1875-76, and received the Arctic medal for his services. He did not return to parochial work till 1898, when he was for a time curate of Rockbeare, Devon, and he had only lately been appointed to the rectory of Thorpe Mandeville, in Peterborough diocese. He was best known as the author of "The Fight in Dame Europa's School," a skit published in 1870, of which over 100,000 copies were sold and which was translated in over a dozen languages. He was also for some years the editor of Murray's "Handbooks to Italy, Rome, and Greece."

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