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Name: Joseph Albert PURVIS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J A Service No.: 53202
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 0
Unit: 2nd/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Place of Residence: Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 80 Addison Cottages, Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Addison Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Monday 15th April 1918
Place of Death: Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: Battle of the Lys. 177th Brigade, 59th Division.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Addison Colliery War Memorial, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium Panel 3
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 4, 1st June 1918.
Family Details:
Adopted grandson of Stephen and Elizabeth Purvis of 80 Addison Cottages, Addison Colliery. Later of Simpson's Memorial Aged Miners Homes, Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Elizabeth Purvis died in July 1940, aged 87 years. Her husband, Stephen, had died in December 1937, a year after celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. They brought up a family of 11 sons and a daughter, Sons: Edward, Stephen, John, William, Matthew, Joseph George, Henry, Robert Wilkinson, Thomas, Albert, and Arthur Lee. Three other sons were adopted. Daughter: Hannah.
Notes : Joseph's brother, Arthur Lee, died of dysentery 16th September whilst serving with the Royal Naval Division. His other brother, Joseph Albert, was killed in action 15th April 1915 whilst serving with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Other members of the Purvis family lost their lives during WW2. Thomas Charles Purvis (son of Stephen) was killed in action 31st May 1940 whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry. William Atkinson Purvis (son of Henry) died as a result of an accident 16th February 1942 whilst serving with the Royal Artillery.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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