The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Purchon
First Name:
Leonard
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8826
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
27.07.1903
Place of Birth:
Castleford, Yorkshire, England
Father's Name:
George Purchon
Mothers's Name:
Catherine Purchon
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 38.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Len Purchon was one of (5) boys and (2) girls born to George and Catherine Purchon, Castleford, Yorkshire, England.  Father George was employed as glassbottle maker. Castleford was well known for glass production.

In 1929 Len Purchon sailed to Western Australia from London on ‘Orford’ aged 26 years.   His occupation was recorded as glassblower.

He appears to have lived around the Kalgoorlie area, and in 1937 was recorded living at Mt. Leonora, Kalgoorlie.

 

 

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