PVT John S. Purcell was born 10 Jul 1888 in Arkansas the 3rd and youngest child of Henry William and Caldonia (Carter) Purcell. His parents divorced and his mother remarried. John's step-father farmed.
After entering the army, John was assigned to D Company 116th Infantry. He was in service with that unit when he was killed in action on 8 Oct 1918.
PVT Purcell's body was returned to the U.S. and he is now buried in Lewis Cemetery in Hickory Ridge, Arkansas.