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Name: Joseph George PURVIS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J G Service No.: 327219
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 32
Unit: 1st/9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force).
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 55 Edward Street, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: 80 Addison Cottages, Addison Colliery, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Addison Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Wednesday 27th March 1918
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battle of Rosieres. 151st Brigade (allocated to the 8th Division), 50th Division.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Addison Colliery War Memorial, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Blaydon War Memorial, Blaydon on Tyne, Co Durham. St Cuthbert's Church, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Gommecourt British cemetery No 2, Hebuterne, Somme, France.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 5
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 13th April 1918.
Family Details:
Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Purvis, of 80 Addison Colliery, Co. Durham, and later of Simpson's Memorial, Aged Miners Homes, Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Sons: Edward, Stephen, John, William, Matthew, Joseph George, Henry, Robert Wilkinson, Thomas, Albert, and Arthur Lee. They also had three adopted sons. Daughter: Hannah. Husband of Hilda Purvis of 55 Edward Street, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : Ten sons served in the forces during World War 1, some were wounded and three were killed. Joseph's brother, Arthur Lee Purvis, died of dysentery on 16th September 1915 whilst serving with the Royal Naval Division. Another brother, Joseph Albert, was killed in action on 15th April 1918 whilst serving with the Lincolnshire Regiment. Other members of the Purvis family lost their lives during World War 2. Thomas Charles Purvis (son of Stephen) was killed in action on 31st May 1940 whilst serving with the Durham Light Infantry. William Atkinson Purvis (son of Henry) died as a result of an accident on 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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