Percival James Purnell, 19151970 (aged 54 years)

Purnell, Percival James (19160 )
Name
Percival James Purnell
Given names
Percival James
Surname
Purnell
Note: Also known as Patrick James Purnell.
Name
Patrick James Purnell
Given names
Patrick James
Surname
Purnell
Birth November 6, 1915 21 24
Marriage of parentsGeorge Stephen PurnellPearl BellingerView this family
1915 (aged 0)
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Name: Pearl Bellinger Spouse Name: George S Purnell Marriage Date: 1915 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Newcastle, New South Wales Registration Year: 1915 Registration Number: 1607

Birth of a brotherLeslie Stephen Purnell
about 1919 (aged 3 years)
Birth of a brotherClifton Ray Purnell
October 25, 1920 (aged 4 years)
Birth of a brotherFrederick Purnell
January 2, 1922 (aged 6 years)
Address: Silex Street
Death of a brotherFrederick Purnell
January 2, 1922 (aged 6 years) Age: 4 hours
Address: Silex Street Mayfield
Cause: premature birth
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Father George Stephen Purnell fireman, mother Pearl Bellinger, informant George S. Purnell father, Islington.

Burial of a brotherFrederick Purnell
January 5, 1922 (aged 6 years)
Cemetery: Sandgate Cemetery
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David Johnston undertaker, Robert Turnbull, Richard W. Lovell, minister.

Death of a brotherLeslie Stephen Purnell
April 22, 1924 (aged 8 years) Age: 5 years
Address: 6 Chinchon Street
Cause: Uraemic coma, acute Bright's disease
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Father George Stephen Purnell loco fireman and Pearl Bellinger. Informant G.S. Purnell father 6 Pinchen Street Islington West.

Burial of a brotherLeslie Stephen Purnell
April 24, 1924 (aged 8 years)
Cemetery: Church of England Cemetery
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Thomas Moore undertaker.

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Anglican portion section 56 lot 73, buried 24 Apr 1924

Residence 1937 (aged 21 years)
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Percival was described as a farm hand.

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THEFT OF PASPALUM SEED. TAREE, Wednesday. The Sydney Morning Herald... Thursday 8 April 1937, page 5. News 41 words ... THEFT OF PASPALUM SEED. TAREE, Wednesday. At Taree Police Court yesterday. Percival James Purnell was charged with having stolen 11 bags of paspalum seed, the property of Ernest louis and Alfred Nicholson. He was convicted and fined £5, with 10/ costs....

Gaol sentence April 1938 (aged 22 years)
Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate Thu 28 Apr 1938 p. 4

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JUDGE'S WARNING "Taking into account the number of convictions against you, if you ever come before me again I will have seriously to consider declaring you an habitual criminal. You are due for a real lesson", said Judge Nield after he had sentenced Percival James Purnell, 22, labourer, to two years' hard labour on each of five counts of breaking and entering, the sentences to be concurrent. Donald Mills, 19, labourer, or gardener, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on each of the five counts, the sentences to be concurrent. Judge Nield said that his record was not nearly as bad as that of Purnell. Purnell and Mills had been remanded for sentence.

Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate Wed 27 Apr 1938 p. 13

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REMANDED FOR SENTENCE. Donald Mills, 19, labourer or gardener, and Percival James Purnell, 22, labourer, pleaded "Guilty" to five counts of breaking and entering. They were remanded for sentence. They were charged as follows - That on February 24 1938, they broke and entered the shop of Adelaide Clarke, at Broadmeadow, and stole tobacco, cigarettes and tinned food; that at Broadmeadow, on March 3, they broke and entered the shop of William Curtin, and stole cigarettes, cigarette papers and 6/3 in money; that at Jesmond, on February 20 they broke and entered the shop of Eliza Lightfoot and stole food, cigarette papers, clothing and groceries; that on March 18 they broke and entered Lightfoot's shop and stole more food and groceries; that at Waratah, on February 19, they broke and entered the shop of Harriet Payne and stole tobacco, cigarette papers, food and 3/6 in money. Detective T.M. Emmerson said that at the time of his arrest, Mills was living in Young-road, Broadmeadow. He and Purnell were living on the proceeds of robberies, they had committed in the Newcastle district. His father had died about three years ago, and since then he had wandered about the country by jumping trains, getting such work as he could. In the last three years his longest period of employment was eight months at Nambucca Heads... of sober habits, and his associates were not known. Evidence that Purnell lived with his parents until four years ago, when they went to Taree, was given by Detective C.E.D. Evans. After shifting to Taree Purnell took up farm work until 1937 when he was sentenced to six months imprisonment. When released from prison he returned home to Taree but his father refused to have him, with the result that he came to Newcastle, where he stayed with an aunt for some time, and obtained employment on a milk lorry. He worked on the lorry for about 12 weeks, but was found thieving money and dismissed. Purnell then camped in the cricket ground at Broadmeadow. There be became associated with Mills, living under similar conditions a short distance away. In company they committed the offences mentioned in the charges.

Military November 8, 1939 (aged 24 years)
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Name PURNELL, PERCIVAL JAMES Service Australian Army Service Number NX8358 Date of Birth 6 Nov 1915 Place of Birth MAYFIELD, NSW Date of Enlistment 8 Nov 1939 Locality on Enlistment HAMILTON, NSW Place of Enlistment NEWCASTLE, NSW Next of Kin PURNELL, GEORGE Date of Discharge 12 Aug 1941 Rank Private Posting at Discharge INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display Prisoner of War No

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Percival enlisted in the 2/2 Bn. at the Drill Hall, Newcastle New South Wales on 6 Nov 1939. his army no. was NX8358. He stated that he was aged 24, single and had been born in Mayfield on 6 Nov 1915. His next of kin was stated as George Purnell Spencer Street Taree, father. His father's address was later changed to 16 Preston Street. His permanent address was 141 Cleary Street Hamilton. Religion Church of England. He was a labourer. He was described as 5'9" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

Report 8 Nov 1939 received from C/O Bn. taken on strength, 8 Nov 1939, Ingleburn Report 3 Mar 1940 received from C/O Bn, taken on strength A.I.F., 26 Feb 1940, Ingleburn Report 3 Mar 1940 received from C/O Bn, To hospital sick, 26 Feb 1940, Ingleburn Report 7 Mar 1940 received from C.D.S., admitted C.D.S. transferred P.H. Hospital Uretheral Discharge, 26 Feb 1940, Ingleburn Report 7 Mar 1940 received from P.H. Hospital, admitted P.H. Hospital Gonorrhoea, 26 Feb 1940, Little Bay Report 16 Mar 1940 received from P.H. Hospital, discharged to unit , 11 Mar 1940, Little Bay Report 17 Mar 1940 received from C/O Unit, rejoined unit ex hospital, 11 Mar 1940, Ingleburn Report 25 Mar 1940 A.W.L. 5 Jan 1940 to 26 Feb 1940, forfeits 52 days pay & 21 days detention, 19 Mar 1940, Ingleburn Report 31 Mar 1940 received from C/O Unit, Transferred to R.D.T., 19 Mar 1940, Ingleburn Report received 8 Apr 1940, Taken on strength Inf. Wing RDT, 2 Apr 1940 Report received 22 Apr 1940 from CDS, Adm. CDS influenza, 27 Mar 1940, Ingleburn Report 22 Apr 1940 receieved from, CDS, Discharged 2 Apr 1940, Ingleburn Report 20 May 1940 received rom PH Hosp, Adm. PH Hospital, NYD, 13 May 1940, Little Bay Report 17 Jun 1940 received from IT Wg. AWL 0630 hrs 11 Jun 1940 to 1930 hrs 11 Jun 1940, 7 days CB, 13 Jun 1940, Greta Report 1 Jul 1940 received from IT Wg. AWL 2359 h. 23 Jun 1940 to 0645 hrs 26 Jun 1940, fined five pounds, 27 Jun 1940, Greta Report 16 Sep 1940 from 2 ITB, Taken on Strength ex 17B Greta, 4 Sep 1940 Tamworth 30 Nov 1940 received from 2 ITB, Court of Inquiry Tamworth 12 Nov 1940 Declared NX8358 Pte Purnell absebted himself without leave 3 Sep 1940 and is still absent 12 Nov 1940, no __ of clothing, or equipment, 12 Nov 1940, Tamworth Report 13 Aug 1941 received from detention Bks, H'worthy, granted remission of 4 days from sentence, 13 Aug 1941, Holdsworthy Report 14 Aug 1941 received from Detention Bks Holdsworthy, Remission certificate dated 13 Aug 1941 - cancelled, 13 Aug 1941, Holdsworthy Report 14 Aug 1941 received from Detention Bks, Holdsworthy, transferred to Long Bay Penitentiary to undergo further period imprisonment awarded by DCM on 5 Aug 1941, 12 Aug 1941, Holdsworthy Report 20 Aug 1941 received from HQRS E/C., District Court Martial held at Tamworth. The accused was charged with:- (1) Deserting His Majesty's Service in that he absented himself without leave from 2359 hrs on 3/9/40 until 1930 hrs on 13/6/41 (2) When in confinement - escaping (3) Absenting hinself without leave, in that he absented himself without leave from 1215 hrs on 16/6/41 until 1150 hrs on 3/7/41. The accusede pleaded not guilty to the first and second charges and guilty to the third charge and was found not guilty of desertion, but guilty of absence without leave (1st charge) and guilty of the second charge. The Court sentenced the accused to be imprisoned for six months and to be discharged from the Military Forces of the Commonwealth of Australia. The finding and sentence were duly confirmed by the Commandant, Manning Depots E/C on the 8 Aug 41 who directed that the sentence be served in a Civil Prison. The result of the trial was promulgated to the accused at Holdsworthy on the 12 Aug 1941. Report 5 Sep 1941 received from D.R.O. to be discharged D.C.M. Authority ___, Report 11 Sep 1941 received from D.R.O. Discharged sentenced to be discharged by District Court Martial ___12 Aug 1941, Sydney.

MarriageAraluen Hope JohnsonView this family
December 25, 1951 (aged 36 years)
Address: St Aidans Church of England
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Percival, alias 'Patrick', railway employee residing at 'Texas' Greenhaugh street Kings Cross, a bachelor born in Mayfield aged 41, parents George Stephen Purnell, railway employee and Pearl Carter.

On his marriage registration, Percival changed his name to 'Patrick', his age from 36 to 41, and his mother's name from Pearl Bellinger to Pearl Carter.

Araluen was a spinster of 2 Lonsdale Street Lillyfield Sydney, aged 40, her parents were Ernest Arthur Johnson, retired tramway employee, and Emily Margaret McRokey (deceased).

Death of a paternal grandfatherSimon Peter Purnell
April 27, 1953 (aged 37 years)
Citation details:

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

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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 37 years)
Source: Email message
Citation details:

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

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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

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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 paternal grandmotherSarah Ann Griffiths
March 21, 1961 (aged 45 years)
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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)

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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 45 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.

Court appearances 1965 (aged 49 years)
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Sydney Morning Herald 31 Mar 1965: 'Court Story of How Wife Died A detective-sergeant told George Street North Court of Petty Sessions yesterday that a man described to him a fatal fight he had with his wife. Before the Court was Patrick James Purnell, 50, charged with murdering his wife, Araluen Hope Purnell, at their home in Albert Street, Forest Lodge on Sunday, February 14. Mr A.J. Reason, S.M., committed Purnell for trial at the Central Criminal Court on May 31 and refused him bail. Detective-Sgt. A.C. Green, of Camperdown police, said that he went to Purnell's house at about midnight on February 14 and saw the body of Mrs Purnell on the floor of the dining room. Purnell had told him that he had drunk a bottle of wine when his wife began abusing him. Sergeant Green said Purnell told him: "She was nagging me for drinkling, abusing me. "I gave her a belt under the ear with a wooden spoon and she hit me with a meat tenderiser. I was in a blind fury and dragged hold of her and we fell to the ground."

Newspaper atricle (newspaper unknown): 'Man on charge of murder SYDNEY, Monday. - A labourer appeared before Glebe Court to-day charged with having murdered his wife. He is Patrick James Purnell, 51, of Albert-Street, Forest Lodge. The Police Prosecutor (Sergeant R. McCracken) alleged Purnell struck Araluen Hope Purnell, 54, barmaid, fatal blows on the head following a domestic incident. Mr F. Olson, S.M. remanded Purnell till February 24 and refused bail."

Death notice in unidentified newspaper: 'PURNELL, Araluen Hope - February 14, 1965 at her residence, 5 Albert Street, Forest Lodge. Loved mother of Darcy Latham, dear mother-in-law of Mary, fond grandmother of Karen. Aged 5 years. At rest. Watch these columns for funeral notice'.

Death of a wifeAraluen Hope Johnson
February 14, 1965 (aged 49 years)
Cause: Killed by her husband
Note:

Sydney Morning Herald 31 Mar 1965:

'Court Story of How Wife Died A detective-sergeant told George Street North Court of Petty Sessions yesterday that a man described to him a fatal fight he had with his wife. Before the Court was Patrick James Purnell, 50, charged with murdering his wife, Araluen Hope Purnell, at their home in Albert Street, Forest Lodge on Sunday, February 14. Mr A.J. Reason, S.M., committed Purnell for trial at the Central Criminal Court on May 31 and refused him bail. Detective-Sgt. A.C. Green, of Camperdown police, said that he went to Purnell's house at about midnight on February 14 and saw the body of Mrs Purnell on the floor of the dining room. Purnell had told him that he had drunk a bottle of wine when his wife began abusing him. Sergeant Green said Purnell told him: "She was nagging me for drinkling, abusing me. "I gave her a belt under the ear with a wooden spoon and she hit me with a meat tenderiser. I was in a blind fury and dragged hold of her and we fell to the ground."

Note:

Newspaper atricle (newspaper unknown): 'Man on charge of murder SYDNEY, Monday. - A labourer appeared before Glebe Court to-day charged with having murdered his wife. He is Patrick James Purnell, 51, of Albert-Street, Forest Lodge. The Police Prosecutor (Sergeant R. McCracken) alleged Purnell struck Araluen Hope Purnell, 54, barmaid, fatal blows on the head following a domestic incident. Mr F. Olson, S.M. remanded Purnell till February 24 and refused bail."

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Death notice in unidentified newspaper: 'PURNELL, Araluen Hope - February 14, 1965 at her residence, 5 Albert Street, Forest Lodge. Loved mother of Darcy Latham, dear mother-in-law of Mary, fond grandmother of Karen. Aged 5 years. At rest. Watch these columns for funeral notice'.

Death of a motherPearl Bellinger
1968 (aged 52 years)
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PURNELL PEARL Registration number 38294/1968 Father's Given Name(s) FREDERICK Mother's Given Name(s) ANNIE District TAREE

Death of a fatherGeorge Stephen Purnell
November 18, 1970 (aged 55 years)
Address: Manning River District Hospital
Cause: Coronary Embolus
Shared note:

Age:76 Named spelled George Stephan Purnell. Certified by F.W. Bayldon.

Note: Usual address 14 Douglas Street Taree New South Wales, Australia
Cremation of a fatherGeorge Stephen Purnell
November 21, 1970 (aged 55 years)
Death after 1970 (aged 54 years)

Family with parents
father
Purnell, George Stephen (1894-1970)
18941970
Birth: April 11, 1894 26 20Galston, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 18, 1970Taree, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia
mother
Bellinger, Pearl ( - 1968)
18911968
Birth: about 1891
Death: 1968Taree, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1915Newcastle, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
10 months
himself
Purnell, Percival James (19160 )
19151970
Birth: November 6, 1915 21 24Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: after 1970
4 years
younger brother
19191924
Birth: about 1919 24 28Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 22, 1924Islington West, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
younger brother
19201996
Birth: October 25, 1920 26 29Waratah, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 28, 1996
14 months
younger brother
19221922
Birth: January 2, 1922 27 31Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 2, 1922Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Araluen Hope Johnson
himself
Purnell, Percival James (19160 )
19151970
Birth: November 6, 1915 21 24Mayfield, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Death: after 1970
wife
19111965
Birth: about 1911Marrickville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 14, 1965Forest Lodge, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: December 25, 1951Annandale, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Trevor F. Latham + Araluen Hope Johnson
partner’s partner
wife
19111965
Birth: about 1911Marrickville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 14, 1965Forest Lodge, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
step-son
Private
BirthWebsite - National Archives of Australia - Recordsearch
ResidenceAncestry.com. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954 [database on-line].
Text:

Percival was described as a farm hand.

ResidenceWebsite - NLA Australian Newspapers
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THEFT OF PASPALUM SEED. TAREE, Wednesday. The Sydney Morning Herald... Thursday 8 April 1937, page 5. News 41 words ... THEFT OF PASPALUM SEED. TAREE, Wednesday. At Taree Police Court yesterday. Percival James Purnell was charged with having stolen 11 bags of paspalum seed, the property of Ernest louis and Alfred Nicholson. He was convicted and fined £5, with 10/ costs....

Gaol sentenceNational Library of Australia. Trove: one search...a wealth of information. [database on-line].
Citation details:

Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate Thu 28 Apr 1938 p. 4

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JUDGE'S WARNING "Taking into account the number of convictions against you, if you ever come before me again I will have seriously to consider declaring you an habitual criminal. You are due for a real lesson", said Judge Nield after he had sentenced Percival James Purnell, 22, labourer, to two years' hard labour on each of five counts of breaking and entering, the sentences to be concurrent. Donald Mills, 19, labourer, or gardener, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment on each of the five counts, the sentences to be concurrent. Judge Nield said that his record was not nearly as bad as that of Purnell. Purnell and Mills had been remanded for sentence.

MilitaryWebsite - World War II Nominal Roll
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Name PURNELL, PERCIVAL JAMES Service Australian Army Service Number NX8358 Date of Birth 6 Nov 1915 Place of Birth MAYFIELD, NSW Date of Enlistment 8 Nov 1939 Locality on Enlistment HAMILTON, NSW Place of Enlistment NEWCASTLE, NSW Next of Kin PURNELL, GEORGE Date of Discharge 12 Aug 1941 Rank Private Posting at Discharge INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display Prisoner of War No

MarriageDocument - Marriage Certificate
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Percival, alias 'Patrick', railway employee residing at 'Texas' Greenhaugh street Kings Cross, a bachelor born in Mayfield aged 41, parents George Stephen Purnell, railway employee and Pearl Carter.

On his marriage registration, Percival changed his name to 'Patrick', his age from 36 to 41, and his mother's name from Pearl Bellinger to Pearl Carter.

Araluen was a spinster of 2 Lonsdale Street Lillyfield Sydney, aged 40, her parents were Ernest Arthur Johnson, retired tramway employee, and Emily Margaret McRokey (deceased).

NotePersonal memory - Purnell, Sylvia Mavis
Court appearances

Sydney Morning Herald 31 Mar 1965: 'Court Story of How Wife Died A detective-sergeant told George Street North Court of Petty Sessions yesterday that a man described to him a fatal fight he had with his wife. Before the Court was Patrick James Purnell, 50, charged with murdering his wife, Araluen Hope Purnell, at their home in Albert Street, Forest Lodge on Sunday, February 14. Mr A.J. Reason, S.M., committed Purnell for trial at the Central Criminal Court on May 31 and refused him bail. Detective-Sgt. A.C. Green, of Camperdown police, said that he went to Purnell's house at about midnight on February 14 and saw the body of Mrs Purnell on the floor of the dining room. Purnell had told him that he had drunk a bottle of wine when his wife began abusing him. Sergeant Green said Purnell told him: "She was nagging me for drinkling, abusing me. "I gave her a belt under the ear with a wooden spoon and she hit me with a meat tenderiser. I was in a blind fury and dragged hold of her and we fell to the ground."

Newspaper atricle (newspaper unknown): 'Man on charge of murder SYDNEY, Monday. - A labourer appeared before Glebe Court to-day charged with having murdered his wife. He is Patrick James Purnell, 51, of Albert-Street, Forest Lodge. The Police Prosecutor (Sergeant R. McCracken) alleged Purnell struck Araluen Hope Purnell, 54, barmaid, fatal blows on the head following a domestic incident. Mr F. Olson, S.M. remanded Purnell till February 24 and refused bail."

Death notice in unidentified newspaper: 'PURNELL, Araluen Hope - February 14, 1965 at her residence, 5 Albert Street, Forest Lodge. Loved mother of Darcy Latham, dear mother-in-law of Mary, fond grandmother of Karen. Aged 5 years. At rest. Watch these columns for funeral notice'.

Name

Also known as Patrick James Purnell.

Shared note

Sylvia Mavis Purnell recollects that Percy spent time in gaol for murdering someone.