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Leon Purkin

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 2: Royal New Zealand Navy - Able Seamen Fitzgerald - Wilson, Ordinary Seamen, Boy First Class (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 2: Royal New Zealand Navy - Able Seamen Fitzgerald - Wi …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leon AWMM
  • Surname
    Purkin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII T/124 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Mary Marioty (mother), Te Hoe, Putaruru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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

Embarkations

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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
    Struck a mine AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Leon Purkin was the son of Cyrill and Mary Purkin, of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Purkin was one of the five crew of the coaster SS Puriri, a minesweeper, killed when the vessel was sunk by mine.

    HMNZS Puriri was a mine sweeper. It sank off Bream Head when it hit a drifting mine. Five crew died and five were injured. In all 26 crew members were picked up. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    14 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • HMS Puriri Memorial, Ocean Beach, Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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