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Francis John Purvis

Memorial plaque of Francis John Purvis, HMS Royal Navy. Served as crewman aboard the HMS MIRANDA NZ Wars 1863 - 1864. Operations and blockade of the Hauraki gulf, landing of troops at Whakatiwai with a combined naval patrol bombardment of Pukorokoro Pa November 1863. Francis John Purvis saw action and was wounded as part of the failed Elite assault party of the Naval brigade on Pukehinahina "GATE PA" 28 - 29 April 1864 Tauranga.

Waikaraka Cemetery, War Memorial

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    Francis John AWMM
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    Purvis AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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  • War
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    • Gate Pa, Tauranga (29 April 1864) AWMM
    • Taranaki Wars AWMM
    • 1863-1864 AWMM
      Waikato War, 1863-1864 AWMM
    • Waitara AWMM
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    Navy AWMM
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  • A resident of Ranfurly Veteran's Home

    Buried with military honours. AWMM


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  • Death
    5 January 1914 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
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    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area VETS Lot 35 AWMM
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28 August 2016James Auckland New Zealand Researcher
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