Tribute to Purcell Wharton Researched by his niece, Linda Butt
Army picture God bless America and all who serve to protect her!
Purcell Whartons Genealogy Great grandmother was Octavia Wharton, born about 1831, probably in Caroline County, Virginia. Grandfather was Festus Wharton, veteran of the Civil War, who was born January 27, 1845 and who died as a result of a homicide, October 6, 1914.Civil War Father was Baynham Wharton, named after a beloved Baptist minister in the county, born June 3, 1876 in Caroline County, Virginia and who died from pneumonia, February 4, 1929.
A Heros Life starts in Caroline County, Virginia Born June 11, 1913 – Youngest of 4 sons of Baynham and Martha Wharton – His brothers were Roosevelt, George and Richard – His sisters were Lillian, Lola, Lucy, Estelle and Irene Lived in Brandywine, VirginiaBrandywine, Virginia – Father was Baynham Wharton, son of Festus and Martha Wharton Attended Brandywine School – Finished after the 5 th grade Father died February 4, 1929 Worked in Fredericksburg Joined the Army in 1942 u
Purcell & Irene Purcell and his sister Irene at the house in Emmerton
Grandma Wright Sarah Garrett, daughter of James Garrett and Mary Wright Carter, Purcells grandmother Wife of James Henry Wright of Brandywine, Va.
Joined the army at A.P. Hill Purcell joined the army in 1942 at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County, Virginia. At a time when farmers were getting exemptions, Purcell hated farming and wanted to see the world.Caroline County, Virginia There was great upheaval in the family when they were forced to leave the homeplace when A.P. Hill took over. Over 500 families were displaced and homes destroyed. homeplaceA.P. Hill 500 families t
500 Pictures taken by Jack Delano Click here to get to the Library of Congress.here Click on the search button. Type in Caroline County, Virginia. Choose to view over 500 documentary photographs taken by Jack Delano during the takeover of Fort A.P. Hill.
Actual letter to Lillian Actual letter received from Purcell written to sister Lillian Echo
Text of Purcells letter from somewhere in England July 4, 1944 Dearest Mother: Just a few lines to let you know that Im thinking of you. I hope that this finds you all well, for Im feeling fine. Except that Im lonely for the States. Tell Sis and all hello, and give them my best regards. I havent heard from any one in the States as yet. I surely hope that there isnt any thing wrong. Our mail doesnt come in very often. We only had one mail call as it is. Lord knows when the next one will be. I must close for this time. Write when you can and Ill do likewise. Closing with all my love to the Sweetest Mother of all. Your son, Purcell
Last known letter from Purcell to his mother, Martha Purcells Last Letter July 13, 1944 Dearest Mother: Just a few lines to let you know that Im thinking of you. Hope this finds you all well for Im feeling fine. Its still raining. I dont believe that it will ever stop. Im still in England so dont worry to much, for I know that you cant help but worry a little. I met some English people the other night. They invited us over for supper. The English are really nice people when you learn to know them. Tell Irene and George hello, and give them my best regards. I often wonder how Ann* is getting along, fine I hope. I must close for this time. Write when you can for it isnt anything like the States. Love, Purcell *Ann was a girlfriend in Caroline whom Estelle remembered
Western Union telegram Telegram to sister Lillian in Baltimore, MD
Awarded Purple Heart Purcell Wharton was killed in action, August 14, 1944 And he is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James (Manche), France His Purple Heart was lost over the years. It was reissued with the certificate in November, 2001.
View of cemetery and marker View of the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France
Purple Heart The Purple Heart of the United States of America Awarded for Valor under combat to Purcell Wharton He made the supreme sacrifice fighting to preserve our freedom and to restore it to others from whom it had been so mercilessly stolen.