George Edward Purcell

Major George Edward Purcell
Colebrook, Ontario
Royal Canadian Artillery

Major Purcell is sponsored by the Kingston Rotary Club and the 15 Field Artillery Regiment (RCA), Vancouver, BC.

Birth place and date: George was born in Edmonton, AB on 26 June 1911.

Home town: George grew up in Colebrook, ON.

Religion: George was a member of the United Church.

Occupation: Before the war, George served as a public school teacher.

Marital Status: George was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: George’s next of kin was his mother, Edith Purcell.

Date and location of enlistment: George enlisted on 4 June 1940 in Colebrook, ON.

Medals: George was awarded Memorial Cross, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the CVSM and Clasp.

Burial location: George is buried at the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery in France. He was 33 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

When we think of a soldier, a few words come to mind. Courageous, brave, patriotic, selflessness; the list goes on. George Edward Purcell, a Canadian soldier, fought bravely in the Second World War and perished on 6 June 1944. It’s clear that George was a very valiant man, and he proved this with his service in the Canadian military.

Born in Edmonton, AB, George graduated from high school and went on to study at the Provincial Normal School, where he earned a 1st Class Teachers Certificate. After graduating, he moved to Colebrook and began working as a teacher in a public school.

George had past military experience and was eager to enlist. He, like so many other Canadian soldiers died on 6 June 1944. George had courage that is sometimes hard to find in people, and that is extremely admirable.

Written by: Kaitlyn Mills, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Kaitlyn Mills, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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