PURNELL, Richard Johnson

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Rank: Rifleman

Year of death: 1916

Date of birth: 1871

Date of death: 20/10/1916

Place of death: Weymouth

Service number: 666

Regiment: Rifle Brigade 20th Battalion

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Cemetery location: Manor Road cemetery Section O 10. 26

Where remembered?: Manor Road cemetery

Biographical Information

Richard was born in Scarborough, son of George and Hannah of 8 Wrea Street. He married Harriet, and lived at 57 Trafalgar Road. Richard joined the National Reserve at the outbreak of war and was called up in May 1915. In 1916 he was despatched to Egypt, where he contracted dysentery. He was evacuated to a hospital in Weymouth, where he died, less than two weeks after his younger brother Edward died on the Somme. Richard was buried in Manor Road cemetery on 25/10/1916.

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