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Name: Arthur Lee PURVIS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Able Seaman Initials: A L Service No.: Tyneside Z/2675
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 20
Unit: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Hood Bn, Royal Naval Division.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 80 Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Addison Colliery.
How Died: Died of dysentery.
Date of Death: Thursday 16th September 1915
Place of Death: Royal Naval Hospital, Portland, Dorset.
Battle/Campaign: Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign, 1915.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Addison Colliery War Memorial, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Portland Royal Naval Cemetary, Dorset 558.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 25th September 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 5, 23rd October 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 11th November 1916.
Family Details:
Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Purvis of 80 Addison Colliery Co. Durham. Later of 80 Low Row, Addison Colliery and of Simpson's Memorial Aged Miners Homes, Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Elizabeth Purvis died in July 1940, aged 87. Her husband had died in December 1937, a year after celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Sons: Edward, Stephen, John, William, Matthew, Joseph George, Henry, Robert Wilkinson, Thomas, Albert, and Arthur Lee. Three other sons were adopted. Daughter: Hannah.
Notes : Ten sons served in the forces during World War 1. Three failed to return and others were wounded. In June 1916 Mrs Purvis appeared before the Ryton Tribunal asking for exemption for her youngest son as one son had already been killed and nine others were already serving their country. A conditional exemption of 6 months was granted (Blaydon Courier, page 4, 17th June 1916). Arthur Lee's brother, Joseph Albert, was killed in action whilst serving with the Lincolnshire Regiment in April 1918, and Joseph George, was killed in action whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry in March 1918. Two other members of the Purvis family lost their lives during World War 2. Thomas Charles Purvis (son of Stephen) was killed in action whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry on 31st May 1940, and William Atkinson Purvis (son of Henry) died as a result of an accident whilst on active service with the Royal Artillery on 16th February 1942.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Information from family members.
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