Herbert Lloyd Purnell, 19262001 (aged 75 years)

Name
Herbert Lloyd Purnell
Given names
Herbert Lloyd
Surname
Purnell
Birth February 4, 1926 29 25
Rescue March 4, 1929 (aged 3 years)
Text:

MODEST HERO. RESCUES SMALL CHILD. FROM DANGEROUS SURF. NEWCASTLE, Sunday.

The Sydney Morning Herald... Monday 4 March 1929, page 12. News 202 words

Diving fully clothed into boiling surf at the eastern end of Newcastle Beach this evening, a young man rescued Herbert Purnell, aged 3 years, of Hanbury-street, Mayfield, from what had appeared to be the certainty of of drowning.

Once he had given the child back inbto his mother's arms. the rescuer moved quickly from the excited crowd that had gathered. His name cannot be ascertained.

The child had been playing on the rocks near the ocean baths, apparently well away from the water. A huge wave that broke on the coast about 6.30 p.m. however, surrounded him, and he was swept off his feet and carried out to sea.

Witnesses of the occurence stated that the man dived headlong in as soon as he saw the child's danger, and took the risk of being thrown against the many rocks in the neighbourhood. When he had the child safely in tow he had a hard struggle against the heavy surf, but being a strong swimmer, was able to struggle ashore.

It was one of the bravest feats ever seen in the district. The child suffered severe shock and a few scratches.

Military
World War II
July 4, 1945 (aged 19 years)

Note:

Agency:Royal Australian Air Force Herbert enlisted at Belmont, New South Wales, Australia on 4 Jul 1945. His service number was 168010. His next of kin was listed as Hubert Purnell. He was discharged on 15 May 1946. Posting at Discharge: 2 Stores Depot.

Residence 1949 (aged 22 years)
Text:

Purnell, Alfred Maxwell, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, labourer Purnell, Donald Leopold Gerrard, 112 Evans Street Belmont, meat supervisor Purnell, Doris Meville, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, home duties Purnell, Herbert Lloyd, 112 Evans Street, Belmont labourer Purnell, Herbert Clifton, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, labourer Purnell, Ivy May, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Lenard Charles, Walter Street, Belmont, wheeler Purnell, Mavis Mary, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Sarah Ann, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Walter Street, Belmont, pensioner.

Death of a paternal grandfatherSimon Peter Purnell
April 27, 1953 (aged 27 years)
Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Fri 22 May 1953 p. 7

Text:

OBITUARY MR. S.P. PURNELL. Mr. Simon Peter Purnell died at his home in Edgar-street, Belmont, aged 86. He was born on the South Coast. Most of his early life was spent at Dural, where he worked on the railways. He came to the Newcastle district in 1914 and lived at Mayfield for 14 years. He lived at Belmont for 25 years, where he was a carrier till he retired. He was a member of the Belmont Bowling Club. The funeral was to the Church of England portion of the Sandgate cemetery. Mr. Purnell is survived by his wife, five sons - George (Taree), Alfred (Pelican), Herbert, Frank and Leonard (Belmont), and five daughters, Mesdames A. Tucker (Casula), G. Price (Mayfield), E. Laverty (Sydney), P. Luke (Potts Point), and M. Coutman (Tamworth). There are 19 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Burial of a paternal grandfatherSimon Peter Purnell
April 29, 1953 (aged 27 years)
Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Purnell Gravesites - Sandgate Cemetery', email message to Marion Purnell Aug 16 2011

Text:

They are in Anglican 1, section 56, lots 73 and 75. It is right up near the Pacific Highway at Sandgate and virtually behind the Admin Building. Unfortunately there are no headstones so no inscriptions. All that one can go on is the lot numbers - Sarah Ann Purnell Lot 73 (on Left) and Simon Peter Purnell Lot 75 on the right. The two headstones on the photo that you can see are the graves on the other side of the row.

Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate Wed 29 Apr 1953 p. 2

Text:

PURNELL. The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. SARAH PURNELL and FAMILIES, of 17 Edgar-street, Belmont, are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved Husband, Father, Father-in-Law, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, SIMON PETER PURNELL, to move from T. Moore's Chapel, William-street, Hamilton, this afternoon, after service commencing at 1.30 o'clock for the Church of England Cemetery, Sandgate...

Death of a motherMavis Mary Stewart
1956 (aged 29 years)
Text:

Mavis Mary Purnell BIRTH unknown DEATH 1956 BURIAL Sandgate Cemetery Newcastle, Newcastle City, New South Wales, Australia PLOT Catholic_2; Section 68; Plot 28 MEMORIAL ID 183013302 ·

Burial of a motherMavis Mary Stewart
March 27, 1956 (aged 30 years)
Text:

Catholic portion section 68 lot 28, buried 27 Mar 1956

Death of a paternal grandmotherSarah Ann Griffiths
March 21, 1961 (aged 35 years)
Text:

Sarah died in the house in the corner of Margaret and Kathleen Streets, Tamworth. Her usual address was recorded as 17 Edgar Street Belmont. The informant was her son in law: Irwin C. Luke, 35 Kanilba Hall, Tusculum Street, Potts Point.

Citation details:

Newspaper clipping - (unknown newspaper)

Text:

Mrs. Sarah Ann Purnell, who died age 87, left five sons, five daughters, 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Mrs Purnell was the widow of Mr Simon Peter Purnell, who died seven years ago. She was born at George Street, Greater Sydney, and attended school in Sydney. Later she moved with her parents to Parramatta and after that to Galston near Hornsby, where she married. After some years at Wyong, she shifted to Mayfield in 1914 and lived there 14 years. For the last 32 years she lived at Belmont. The funeral was to the Church of England section of the Sandgate Cemetery. Canon A.C.A. Blaxell held services at the funeral parlours and at the graveside. The five sons who survive Mrs Purnell are George (Taree), Herbert (Hamilton), Alfred (Pelican), Frank (Belmont) and Lenord (sic) (Belmont). The daughters are Mrs V. Tucker (Casula), Mrs. T. Price (Mayfield), Mrs. I. Laverty (Sydney), Mrs. I Luke (Sydney), and Mrs B. Coutman (Tamworth).

Burial of a paternal grandmotherSarah Ann Griffiths
March 23, 1961 (aged 35 years)
Source: Email message
Citation details:

Griffiths, Rob. 'Purnell Gravesites - Sandgate Cemetery', email message to Marion Purnell Aug 16 2011

Text:

They are in Anglican 1, section 56, lots 73 and 75. It is right up near the Pacific Highway at Sandgate and virtually behind the Admin Building. Unfortunately there are no headstones so no inscriptions. All that one can go on is the lot numbers - Sarah Ann Purnell Lot 73 (on Left) and Simon Peter Purnell Lot 75 on the right. The two headstones on the photo that you can see are the graves on the other side of the row.

Death of a fatherHerbert Clifton Purnell
October 5, 1976 (aged 50 years)
Address: 1/735 Pacific Highway Belmont South New South Wales, Australia
Cause: Congestive cardiac failure, Arteriosclerosis
Shared note:

Age:80 Informant D. L. Purnell, son. Registered 8 Oct 1976, J. B. Holliday Registrar

Burial of a fatherHerbert Clifton Purnell
October 7, 1976 (aged 50 years)
Cemetery: Belmont General Cemetery
Occupation
Greyhound trainer and Bookmaker
1988 (aged 61 years)

Death August 27, 2001 (aged 75 years)

Family with parents
father
Purnell, Herbert Clifton (1896-1976)
18961976
Birth: August 31, 1896 29 22Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 5, 1976Belmont South, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
mother
19001956
Birth: May 18, 1900Port Macquarie, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1956Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
elder brother
19212008
Birth: May 23, 1921 24 21
Death: April 5, 2008
sister
Private
himself
19262001
Birth: February 4, 1926 29 25Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 27, 2001
Family with Private
himself
19262001
Birth: February 4, 1926 29 25Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 27, 2001
wife
Private
son
Private
RescueWebsite - NLA Australian Newspapers
Text:

MODEST HERO. RESCUES SMALL CHILD. FROM DANGEROUS SURF. NEWCASTLE, Sunday.

The Sydney Morning Herald... Monday 4 March 1929, page 12. News 202 words

Diving fully clothed into boiling surf at the eastern end of Newcastle Beach this evening, a young man rescued Herbert Purnell, aged 3 years, of Hanbury-street, Mayfield, from what had appeared to be the certainty of of drowning.

Once he had given the child back inbto his mother's arms. the rescuer moved quickly from the excited crowd that had gathered. His name cannot be ascertained.

The child had been playing on the rocks near the ocean baths, apparently well away from the water. A huge wave that broke on the coast about 6.30 p.m. however, surrounded him, and he was swept off his feet and carried out to sea.

Witnesses of the occurence stated that the man dived headlong in as soon as he saw the child's danger, and took the risk of being thrown against the many rocks in the neighbourhood. When he had the child safely in tow he had a hard struggle against the heavy surf, but being a strong swimmer, was able to struggle ashore.

It was one of the bravest feats ever seen in the district. The child suffered severe shock and a few scratches.

ResidenceAncestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Purnell, Alfred Maxwell, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, labourer Purnell, Donald Leopold Gerrard, 112 Evans Street Belmont, meat supervisor Purnell, Doris Meville, Lake View Pde, Pelican Flat, home duties Purnell, Herbert Lloyd, 112 Evans Street, Belmont labourer Purnell, Herbert Clifton, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, labourer Purnell, Ivy May, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Lenard Charles, Walter Street, Belmont, wheeler Purnell, Mavis Mary, 112 Evans Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Sarah Ann, Walter Street, Belmont, home duties Purnell, Simon Peter, Walter Street, Belmont, pensioner.

OccupationLetter - Purnell, Don to Irene Ferguson, 1988
DeathThe Ryerson index to contemporary death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers. [datatase on-line]. n.p., Ryerson Index Inc.
Military

Agency:Royal Australian Air Force Herbert enlisted at Belmont, New South Wales, Australia on 4 Jul 1945. His service number was 168010. His next of kin was listed as Hubert Purnell. He was discharged on 15 May 1946. Posting at Discharge: 2 Stores Depot.