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Place of Birth: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Service No: 12429
Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion
Division: 5th Division
Date of Death: 1915-04-18
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 20.
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE
Harry Purcell was the son of Thomas and Annie Purcell, née Bowker. Thomas was born at Shrewsbury, Shropshire and Annie at Topsham, Devon.
1881 Shrewsbury, Shropshire Census: 97, Frankwell - Harry Purcell, aged 2 years, born Shrewsbury, son of Thomas and Annie Purcell.
1891 Bacup, Lancashire Census: 5, Long Lane - Henry Purcell, aged 12 years, born Shrewsbury, Shropshire, son of Ann and [stepson of] Thomas Tattersall. [Ann (Ann Elizabeth) had married Thomas Tattersall in 1888.]
1901 Bacup, Lancashire Census: 19, Alma Street - Harry Purcill, aged 22 years, born Shrewsbury, Salop, nephew of James and Margaret Aspinall.
Harry was married to Betsy Crowther in 1901. Their son, Thomas, was born at Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, in 1905.
1911 Bacup, Lancashire Census: 29, Inkerman Street - Harry Purcell, aged 32 years, born Shrewsbury, Shropshire, husband of Betsy Purcell.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harry Purcell, 3/12429, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 25.3.15. Died 18.4.15.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Harry Purcell, 3/12429, 2 W. Rid. R. Pres. dead 18.4.15.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harry Purcell, 12429, 2nd Bn West Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: Officially accepted as on or since 18.4.15. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Betsy. £3 13s. 10d. Self and children. Widow - Betsy. £3 0s. 0d. Self.
UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Pte Harry Purcell, 12429, West Riding. Date and cause of death: 18.4.15. Reported wounded and missing. Date of notification of death: 14.4.16. Widow: Betsy, born 22.7.78. Children: Thomas, Date of birth: 15.6.05. Date of expiry: 15.6.21; Ida, Date of birth: 11.10.09. Date of expiry: 11.10.25; Eleanor, Date of birth: 6.9.13. Date of expiry: 6.9.29.
A short biography of Harry is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).
Photograph courtesy of the website: bacuptimes.co.uk
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Private Harry PURCELL
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 5th Division
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