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Silila Purcell

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Silila AWMM
  • Surname
    Purcell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 46064 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 110 Riverslea Road, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs S. Purcell (mother), Maleala, Alaitata, Samoa, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 46064 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Targa Purcell and Sapi Purcell of Apia, Samoa. AWMM
    • Uncle Silila is the son of Taagamanusina Tevaseu and Sapi Mose Tulia Purcell, both of Western Samoa Public - Honey McIsaac-Paora - Other relative - 18 November 2015 - Birth certificate. Family genealogy papers.

Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VI. A. 6. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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  • SILILA PURCELL IS THE BROTHER OF MY FATHER, BERTIE ULUVALU TAAGAMANUSINA PURCELL. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE AGE OF 22YEARS. TAKEN TOO EARLY. HE WAS THE FIRST SAMOAN TO BE KILLED IN ACTION.
    Public - Honey TM - Other Relative - 4 July 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2211286
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 173 AWMM

Contributors

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 November 2015Honey McIsaac-PaoraWhangaruru, Whangarei, NewZealandOther relative
04 July 2015Honey TMWhangaruru, New ZealandOther Relative
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