Joseph Purcell

Royal Engineers

Personal Details Born: In 1877 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised, with his sister Lucy, on 8 July the same year in St. Alkmund’s Parish Church, Whitchurch. Family: He was the youngest of nine children born to William Purcell, a gardener, …


Leonard Walter Purcell

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details 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 …


Thomas Henry Purcell

Personal Details Born: 3 July 1894 in Whitchurch, Shropshire and baptised on 9 September the same year in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Family: He was the second of six children born to Thomas John Hill Purcell, a tobacconist, hairdresser …


St Alkmund’s Church Memorial

St Alkmunds Memorial

    St Alkmund’s Church is at the top of Bargate, Whitchurch, next to the site of the original Whitchurch Grammar School. At the west end of the Church is a triptych form war memorial with a central panel of …


Campaign Medals 2

The British War Medal (also known as ‘Squeak’) was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 …


Whitchurch Memorial

War Memorial - Whitchurch, Shropshire

  I first started visiting the Battlefields, Cemeteries and Memorials of the Western Front some fifteen years ago. Three years ago I decided to research the names on the War Memorial in Station Road, that’s all they are names, carved …


William Purcell

The Great War History Hub Whitchurch, shropshire - War dead missing image

William George Purcell was born in Marbury, Cheshire in 1885 (baptised 2nd August 1885), the third son of Thomas and the late Hannah Purcell of Hollin lane, Marbury, Cheshire. Regiment : 52nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly Royal Welsh …