14137 and Q205017, Private, 2nd Bedfordshire Reg., England
b. 25.12.1887 Leeds, England.
d. 04.02.1952 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Ada Purdon - Wife.
Enlisted for WW2 on 23.03.1942 Nambour, Qld.
Private, 6th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps, Woombye, Qld.
John Purdon was referred to as James in a funeral notice in the Nambour Chronicle, in 1952. Mr. Purdon had lived in Woombye for 30 years and was the original caretaker of the Woombye Memorial Park.
Purdon was regarded as one of the most experienced horticulturalists on the near North Coast, his experience being attributed to his having been head gardener on several English estates. He was a Woombye fruit-grower and his care of all things horticultural was displayed in the neat and colourful appearance of the Memorial Park.
In earlier years Mr. Purdon was a popular entertainer on district concert platforms. His abilities will be missed by all who knew him.
John/James Purdon was survived by his widow Ada Purdon and a son, John Douglas Purdon, who also served in the Army during World War II as a Signalman. He was buried in the War Graves section of Woombye Cemetery and the ashes of his wife Ada Purdon, who died in 1972, are buried in the same grave.
Sources: National Archives of Australia; Nambour Chronicle 8 February 1952; National Archives of Australia.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
John/James is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.