Born: 20 October 1895 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 9 February 1896 in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church.
Family: He was the third of six children born to Thomas John Hill Purcell, a tobacconist, hairdresser and newsagent, and his wife Lydia, nee Bradbury. He married Hilda Kate Jones on 26 March 1921 at Newtown Parish Church, Montgomeryshire, Wales and together they had one child – Joyce Elizabeth.
Residence: He lived at 36 Green End, Whitchurch until at least 1919. His marriage record shows an address of 12 Laurel Road, Higher Tranmere. The family spent 18 months in New York in 1930 and 1931 staying with Hilda’s younger brother Lloyd. They left from 123 Cemetery Road, Liverpool and returned to 26 South Cannon Hill, Southgate, London. In 1934 he was living at 52 Monks Avenue, New Barnett, in 1935 at 22 Ravensdale Avenue, Finchley and in 1938 and 1939 at 82 Westbury Road, Finchley. Between 1962 and 1970 he was living at 85 The Causeway, Carshalton, Surrey.
Employment: He was a hairdresser.
Died: In 1990 in Swansea, Glamorgan, aged 94.
Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Service Number: 230445 (previously 2589)
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason for Discharge: Demobilised
Other Information: His brother, Thomas Henry, also served in WW1.