George Percival Pryse (Percy) EXELL
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
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: George Exell, Melton South
Physical Description: Height: 6 feet Weight: 157 lbs.
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.
Return Date: 1 November, 1917
Return Vessel: Anchises.
Arrival at Australia: 3 January, 1918.
Discharge Date: 5 February, 1918
War Service Summary
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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