Lt John Henry Bennett Purtell, RN

1890 Jul 10. Born Portsea, Hants

1891 census at 40, Victoria Street, Portsea, Portsmouth

1901 census at 7, Coast Guard Cottages, Hove

1908 Jul 10. Enlisted in RN

1911 census at HMS Hope in Weymouth, Dorset, A Leading Telegraphist

1914 Nov 4. Marriage to Urania Henrietta Louisa Mizon

1915 Aug 1. Promoted Mate - Navy List. This is a commissioned rank and appears to be his first.

Royal Navy Record

Other RN Record

1918 Aug 1. Promoted Lt

1920 Dec 11 Parnell St Raid. A report by OC of F Coy Capt Hardy . I have to report that this raid was carried out by this Company under the command of 3rd. D.I. FLOREY at about.01.00 hours the 11th inst. .... Major ( or Capt ) PURTELL subsequently arrived and took charge of the premises stating that he had this authority from the Police Advisors Office. Some hours later LIEUT. KING of the R.Es arrived and took over from this officer and shortly afterwards the work of removal was commenced. Numerous articles were taken from the premises by the Officer from the Police Advisors Office, for which he promised to give a receipt. He has not yet done so. The whole of the contents of the shop were removed, and taken direct to the search office in Armoured lorries. This office has been asked to render an inventory of the articles taken. The work of the removal was completed about 19.30 hours and the premises were closed up.

1921 Jan 12. Joined the ADRIC with service no 1496. Posted to F Coy. Note says "expert in telegraph and signals"

1921 May 28. Posted to Z Coy

1921. Aug 10. Posted to Depot

1921. Aug 27 Posted to L Coy.

1921 Sep 21 to 26 Sep . In Queenstown Military Hospital

1921 Oct 21 to 10 Nov. Suspended.

1922 Jan 20 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1926 Aug 1. Promoted Lt Commander (I assume this is RNVR)

1936 Died Gourock, Renfew, Scotland