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on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Stanley Purnell -

Unknown person Name : Stanley Purnell

Son of : Alfred George Purnell and Elizabeth Ada Purnell (née Miles), of Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1883, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

Married : 4 Sep 1911, Mary Isabel Braithwaite, at Brackley, Northants.
  Census information :

1891 : Alfred and Elizabeth Purnell, with their children including Stanley aged 7, are at Gordon Villa, Garfield-road, Ryde. Alfred Purnell is an Upholsterer's Manager.

1901 : not located - the family are at Gordon Villa, Garfield-road, Ryde

1911 : Alfred and Elizabeth Purnell, with their children including Stanley aged 27, are at 7 & 8 High-street, Ryde. Alfred Purnell is a House Furnisher; Stanley is 'working in the business'. Stanley's future wife, Mary Isabel Braithwaite, is also resident, as a Visitor.

  Service Details :

Private 764163 Stanley Purnell, "B" Coy. 1st/28th Bn., London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)

Casualty Details :

Died : 30 October 1917, aged 34.

Buried at : Tyne Cot Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke Castle County War Memorial Panel 10
Ryde Borough War Memorial WW I
Ryde All Saints Church War Memorial
Ryde Holy Trinity Church War Memorial
Isle of Wight Football Association Roll of Honour
Additional inscription on parents' headstone at Ryde Cemetery.
and RSHG entry for Stanley Purnell.
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press 21 Oct 1916 Hampshire Appeal Tribunal


Thursday 20th December 1917 page 1

Private Stanley Purnell, of Summerlee, Garfield-Road, only surviving son of Mr. Alfred Purnell of 7 and 8 High-Street, who was first reported missing, is now known to have been instantaneously killed by shrapnel on October 30th in the action at Poelecappelle, Passchendaele Ridge, Flanders. He was a prominent member of the Ryde Rowing and Football Clubs, and when in London some years ago belonged to the Olympic Football Club and was several times a member of the senior team of the West End Association. He joined the Artists Rifles on January1st, and after a few weeks training left for France, where he has safely passed through much severe fighting in the Arras section, only to fall in the desperate fighting at Passchendaele Ridge, Flanders, where the Artist Rifles were terribly cut up, all three companies went into action. Nearly all the officers were killed and very few men returned, and of these most were badly wounded, an officer, in conveying the sad news to his parents said "Your son has been in my section a long time, and we have been in many tight corners together. He is one of the best and steadiest men I had. He was always cheerful and cool in the face of danger, in fact a throroughly steady and reliable soldier who was liked by all. Expressions of sympathy seem futile in such a loss as yours, but I tender mine to all his relatives and friends." For many years Stanley Purnell has been associated in business with his father and uncle, and had won the esteem of all with whom he came into contact by his courtesy, kindness and consideration. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and parents in a very heavy bereavement that has befallen them.


PURNELL Stanley of Summerlea Garfield-road Ryde Isle of Wight private 1/28th battalion the London regiment died on or since 30 October 1917 at Polecappelle Flanders Administration Winchester 24 December to Mary Isabell Purnell widow. Effects £129.8s.9d.
  Family information :

His uncle Arthur Channing Purnell (who was only two years older) also died in WW I.
  Acknowledgments :

Ann Barrett for newspaper and other research
  Page status :
Page last updated : 30 December 2014


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