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Clyde Z/3738   Petty Officer William Purcell
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 07/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Hood Bn. R.N. Div, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 09/08/1993
Died: 04/02/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
William Purcell was the son of David and Sarah Purcell. William was born 9 August 1893. Belfast newspaper reports connect him to Toomebridge. William was living at 27 Hill Street, Anderston, Glasgow when he enlisted on 6th April 1915. He was working as a Tramway Conductor. Petty Officer William Purcell served on land in the Royal Naval Division, and was gassed in France in early November 1916.He contracted scabies and possibly pneumonia afterwards. Petty Officer William Purcell was serving with Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve when he was reported as been killed in action in France on Sunday 4th February 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme
Grave Ref: Face 1A
CWGC Casualty 1549757
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July.
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1 Forum discussion Comprehensive service details of Petty Officer William Purcell
2 National Archives UK Medal card of Petty Officer William Purcell can be purchased here
3 Purcell, William, Petty Office Royal Naval Division (Hood), Toomebridge Antrim, Died, LT March 1917
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