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Robert Charles Purkis

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Purkis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 23/884 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 February 1883 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 154 Upper Nelson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs R.C. Purkis (wife), 154 Upper Nelson Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23/884 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant Major Purkis was one of the first six members of the Rifle Brigade to be killed in Egypt (Austin, 1924) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    25 December 1915 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Mersa MatruhEgypt AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM G. 4. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • We had your named cross on display at our local Herald Island Anzac Display this year. It is with pride but sadness, that we share your story with others. We will always remember you!
    Public - Lee - Direct descendant - 10 May 2019
    Wandering amongst the 18,000 crosses at the Armistices Day Memorial in Auckland,
    looking for your name,
    is an emotional, sombre reminder of the sacrifice you all made!
    We will always remember you.
    Public - Lee - Direct descendant - 26 November 2018
  • ROBERT CHARLES PURKIS my great grandfather. Today especially, we honour you and the sacrifice you made, losing your life for us all. We will remember them.
    Public - Lee - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017
  • History unveils the truth behind what these poor souls were told to believe. Remembered with Pride & Respect. My Grandfather's Brother - RIP
    Public - Peter Michael - Other relative - 20 April 2016
  • ROBERT CHARLES PURKIS - On ANZAC Day in New Zealand, 25 April 2015, 100 yrs on (WW100), I dedicate today to your memory. Not just from me, or for me, but also for my dearest Nana, your daughter, who passed on this day, 22 years ago. We will, and do, remember. With love...
    Public - Donna - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • ROBERT CHARLES PURKIS We remember you! You left a wife and daughter who loved and missed you. You had grand daughters, great grand children and now great great grandchildren who bear your sacrifice with honour and respect.
    Public - Lee - Other Relative - 23 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
10 May 2019LeeAucklandDirect descendant
20 April 2016Peter MichaelAuckland New ZealandOther relative
25 April 2015DonnaAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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