Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

George Percival Pryse (Percy) EXELL


Born: 1883

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 17749

Birthplace: Charlton / Lake Bolac,

Parents: George Exell, 1854 - born Indented Heads -1941 died Bacchus Marsh
Mary Jane (Jennie) Pryse

Died: 28 October, 1954

Cause: Burns as a result of an accident

Place of death: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne

Burial place: Melton Cemetery, Melton, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


Field Artillery Brigade, March 1917 Reinforcements; 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column


Regimental Service Number: 34249

Enlistment date: 30 September, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 32 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Narandera, New South Wales

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: George Exell, Melton South

Physical Description: Height: 6 feet Weight: 157 lbs.
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Scars right foot & forearm; mole left abdomen

Embarkation ship: HMAT A74 Marathon from Sydney; 2nd deployment 11/05/1917 HMAT A11 Ascanius from Melbourne.

Rank: Driver

Return Date: 1 November, 1917

Return Vessel: Anchises.

Arrival at Australia: 3 January, 1918.

Discharge Date: 5 February, 1918

War Service Summary

06/10/1916 - Selected for Field Artillery
11/05/1917 - Second Embarkation from Melbourne
20/07/1917 - Disembarked Plymouth; Driver 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column 01/11/1917 - Declared to Return to Australia
03/01/1918 - Returned to Australia for discharge per Anchises for 3rd MD
17/01/1918 - Discharged (P 9 Service Record)
05/02/1918 - Discharged medically unfit Sciatica

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
18/08/1920 Percy married Margaret Frances Ellis, of Restdown, McConnell St., Kensington at Narrandera Reg # 11730 - See Argus report

05/07/1921 a son, Tom Ellis. Tom served in WW2 in the RAAF - Killed in Action 16/12/1942
21/04/1923 a daughter, Margaret Frances (Peggy Mrs Gould)

Parents: George Exell, Jennie Pryse, married 1882 Reg # 5541. Their children: George Percival (1883-1954); Hilda Blanche Pryse Exell (1884-1889); John Austin Pryse Exell (1887-1934); Leslie Gordon Pryse Exell (1888-1971); Joseph Daniel Pryse Exell (1890-1892); Thomas Stanley Pryse Exell (1893-1917)  Place/s of residence:
Electoral Rolls 1909, 1914, 1919, 1924 all list G.P.P. Exell as a farmer in Melton with his parents & brothers

Date of death:
28/10/1954 1954 Reg # 13471
Inquest Index: Victoria 1840 -1985 Exell, George P P. Year: 1954. Ref: 1737 Cause: Burns. Inquiry date: 30 November 1954. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 30 October 1954 EXELL. - On October 28 (result of accident), at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Percy, late A.I.F., eldest son of the late Mary Jane, and brother of Austin (deceased), Tom (late A.I.F., killed in action); Leslie, Joseph, and William: and father of Tom (killed In action) and Peggy (Mrs. Gould, late of Melton).

Place of burial:
30/10/1954 - Melton Cemetery,

Additional Information

Note: Birth information says George Percival; Headstone says G P P Exell. Given all other children have Pryse as a third name, it is reasonable to assume George Percival's third name was also Pryse.

The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 20 June 1914, P 2


The Melton football club again defeated their opponents on Saturday last with 50 points to the good.  The team for to-day will consist of   McGuire (2), Dodemaide (2), Butler (2), Looney, Gaitskell, Brislan, Lovell, Cameron, Barnes, Mylrea, Mathieson, Exell, Asker, Scarce, Gleeson. The following are also requested to be on the ground - T. Exell, Robinson, Carew, Minns, and D. Mathieson        


The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 11 July 1914, P 2


Melton footballers visit Bacchus Marsh to-day, and are determined for a win.  The team to represent Melton against Bacchus Marsh to-day, at Bacchus Marsh, will be chosen from P. Exell (Captain), Gleeson, Dodemaide (2), Matheson, Barnes, Brislan, Scarce, Gaitskill, Cameron, Mac Guire (2), Looney, Butler, Lovell,  Asker, Minns, Carew, Robinson, Exell, Bird, Burton. Players are notified  that the drag will leave punctually at 12.45.  


Melton Express

Saturday 26 May 1917, P 2


On Tuesday evening last Mrs. Jane Pryse, mother of Mrs. G. Exell, passed away, at the ripe old age of 98 years. She was buried at Wychoproof, and the funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. A. Shebler.


Melton Express

Saturday 26 January 1918, P 2


Privates Ernest Minns and Percy Exell, invalided to Australia, have arrived at their homes in Melton. As both have recently sustained bereavements (Private Minns in the death of his father; and Private Exell that of his brother, Trooper

T. Exell,, killed in Action) it has been decided to postpone the public welcome to them to a later date.


Melton Express

Saturday 6 April 1918, P 2


The public meeting on Saturday night, to arrange a Social to Returned Soldiers, had a fair attendance.   It was decided to hold the social on Saturday evening next, 13th inst. The guests will be Privates P. and J. Exell, E. Minns, C. Macdonald, W. Moore, and probably others, whose names are not to hand. All other local returned men, who have previously been welcomed, are specially invited to attend. Musical programme is in the hands of Misses R. A. Minns and M. MacPherson.


Melton Express

Saturday 20 April 1918 p 2


This Saturday evening, 20th inst., a social and presentation will be tendered to Mr. Thomas Lang, late head teacher at Melton S.S. All friends and well-wishers cordially   invited to do honor to a worthy ex-citizen.


Mr. Walter Missen, Toolern Vale, has been officially informed that his son, Pte. A. P. Missen, has been "gassed" whilst on Active Service.

Despite the threatening weather on Saturday evening last, the Melton

Mechanics' hall was well filled with local and district residents, who assembled to tender a "Welcome home" to Privates Cameron, Morris, and McDonald, and at the same time to bid bon voyage and au revoir to Privates G. Burland, E.   Mulrooney, and Albert Coburn. Rev. F. Stanley Love was M.C., and read apologies for unavoidable absence from Privates Percy and Joe Exell, W. Moore and E. Minns (returned men); also from Rev. Father Gleeson, Rev. Davis and Rev Williams.   Vocal and instrumental harmony was contributed by Misses Riddell, Crone, Scotson, Mrs. Finch, Rev. Love, Messrs. Hansforth, Steinfort and Small. After the National Anthem, the chairman, in a spirited address, extended a welcome to the returned boys. He urged more local interest in the committee meetings and greater enthusiasm for our brave returned. Melton should not be behind other centres in doing honor to the men who had risked their lives in the great cause of freedom and humanity. - Mr. Bulman (Methodist Church) endorsed the chairman's sentiments and paid a tribute to the patriotism and bravery of the Australian boys. He hoped those who were about to sail would be spared to return. - Mr. J. H. Cunningham, J.P., said every available eligible man was needed in the great push now going on at the Front. He was delighted to be present to welcome back the local boys, who had returned after having done their duty to King and Country. - Cr. Robinsoin contrasted the hardships and sufferings of the men at the Front with our comfortable positions at home. We should do all in our power at this critical juncture to uphold the cause of the Allies. - Mr. J. F. Roe (State School) joined in the welcome and congratulation, and said thousands were giving their lives in the cause of freedom and civilization. It was a pity there was so much strife and hate in the world; but he expressed the hope that, after the war, the world would settle down in fulfillment of the dictum, "Peace on earth, good will toward men." – Each of the returned soldiers returned thanks. - Mr. Cunningham, on behalf of the local Minstrel troupe, presented Privates Burland and Mulrooney with leather wallets, for   which they expressed their thanks. - The function terminated with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, in which the audience lustily joined. After refreshments were served, a dance was held, when the light fantastic was gaily tripped till 12 o'clock, the music being supplied voluntary by Misses Ross and McPherson.

The platform and interior of hall was very prettily decorated with Easter daisies, pot plants, bunting, &c., by Mrs. Whittington and Miss M. McPherson; while the commissariat arrangements were in the capable hands of Mrs. Riddell, and were all that could be desired.

Gratification has been expressed at the success of the deputation which waited on the Melton Shire Council urging that mementoes be presented to the returned soldiers. Each returned man will now receive a certificate signed by the President and Councillors.


The Argus

Saturday 30 October 1920, P 13


EXELL-ELLIS.-On the 18th August, at St. Thomas's Church of England, Narrandera, N.S.W., by the Rev. Canon Rawling, George Peicival (late A.I.F.), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Exell, of "Craigieliegh," Mellon South, to Margaret Frances, eldest daughter of Mrs. And the late Henry Ellis, of "Restdown," McConnell street, Kensington, Victoria.  


The Argus

Saturday 23 July 1921, P 11


EXELL (nee Frances Ellis).-On the 5th July, 1921, at Nurse Wigley's private hospital, "The Heights," Kensington, to Mr. and Mrs. P. Exell, of Skipton-a son.


The Argus

Saturday 28 April 1923 p 17


EXELL (nee F. Ellis) -On the 21st April, 1923, at Matrons Ellis and Bones's private hospital, Ballarat, to Mr. and Mrs. P. Exell, "Koronga" Skipton -a daughter.


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