To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Signalman

John William Purcell

Known as Jack

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1918/04/04 - Born Roby, Liverpool

Son of Philip and Barbara Purcell

Occupation Pressman, C.W.A. Mills

Royal Corps of Signals

attd. 3rd Indian Signal Corp

C Despatch Rider Section

 

Service

Transported from Britain with William Sail 5B Convoy

(William Sail Convoys were knicknamed Winstons Special Convoys)

The convoy consisted of:-

4 ships from Bristol Channel

6 ships from Liverpool

11 ships from the Clyde

1941/01/11 - Rendezvous at Moelfre Bay, Anglesey

1941/01/12 - Departed Moelfre Bay as WS 5B Convoy

1941/02/10 - Cape Town

1941/02/12 - Departed Cape Town

1941/03/03 - Arrived Bombay

1941/03/11 - Arrived Singapore

1941/03/17 - Message John had arrived safely

 

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese

 

1942/05/11 - WO 417/43, Casualty List No. 820. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/06/14 - WO 417/62, Casualty List No. 1160. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 820 as Missing, 15/02/1942. Now reported a ‘Prisoner of War’.

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Changi

PoW No. M-5262

River Valley Camp

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1942/11/08 - Transported overland to Thailand with Great World Party, train 1

32nd train to Thailand

Group 1

New PoW No. I 10192

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Rail Laying

New PoW No. I 13202

1943/08/06 - Taken ill

1943/08/07 - Died of Cholera at Kinsaiyok Station

Buried Kinsaiyok Station Cemetery, grave No. 4

(After the war the bodies were moved to Commonwealth War Cemeteries)

 

1945/10/11 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1881. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1160 as reported Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya. Reported ‘Died’.

 

Died

Age 25

1943/08/07

Cause of Death Cholera

Place of Death Kinsaiyok Station

Cremated

 

Loved Ones

Son of Philip and Barbara Purcell, of Roby, Lancashire

 

Memorial

KANCHANABURI War CEMETERY

8. H. 48.

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Purcell-John-William -Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Site Plan1

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery

Thailand

 

REMEMBRANCE, GOD'S GREATEST GIFT. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

 

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Defence Medal

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star

 

Information

Hilary Purcell - Researching My Uncle John Purcell

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Tim Lloyds

Alan Hilton

Tan DingXiang

Japanese Transports

Thailand - Burma Railway

Commonwealth War Graves Commision

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 361/1526, WO 361/2053, WO 392/25, WO 345/42, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2190, WO 361/1585, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2165, WO 361/1623, WO 361/1585, WO 361/2063, WO 361/2190,

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