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WWII GROUP OF 5 MEDALS TO LIEUT. C.P. PURCELL, F.M.S.V.F. (P.O.W.)

*** RESERVED *** 1939-45 Star; Burma Star; WWII Defence Medal; WWII War Medal; Efficiency Medal with Malaya clasp and second award clasp to Lieut. Charles P. Purcell, F.M.S. Accompanied by miniatures and medal ribbon bar.
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Charles Patrick Purcell was born in Cambridge on 11 Jun 1906 and educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham and Exeter College, Oxford, before arriving in Malaya in 1930 to take up a posting as European Master of Penang Free School. Enlisting with the Singapore Straits Volunteer Force in Feb 1931, Purcell was promoted to Lance Sergeant in 1937 and was Commissioned with the 1st Battalion of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Purcell was captured on 15 February 1942 by the invading Japanese and sent to Farrow Park, Great World, Rail Party Siam and Kangonburi from May 1942 to Aug 1945. In his repatriation P.O.W. questionnaire, alongside recording acts of sabotage in the camps, Purcell states that two fellow officers, Lieut. F. van Renan and Lieut. Graham, 'endeavoured to escape from Pudu (sic) Jail, but were recaptured and, as far as I know, shot.' After release, Purcell became Senior Inspector of Schools in  the Federated Malay States and then Deputy Director of Education, before appointed Staff Officer of the Ministry of Education.

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