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Purvis Ford Armstrong

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Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Purvis Ford AWMM
  • Surname
    Armstrong AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Purves AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 18581 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1893 AWMM
    Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Walter Armstrong (father), Main Street, Greytown, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 18581 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM School Master/Civilian AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Walter and Ruth Armstrong, of Greytown.

      "Was appointed on the staff here at the beginning of 1915. Born in 1893 at Greytown, Wairarapa, he went to Wellington College, where he distinguished himself in both work and games. After spending only one year here he enlisted, entering camp at the commencement of 1916 as N.C.O. with the 15th Reinforcements, and gaining a commission, he sailed with the 19th Contingent in November. He wrote very fully of the voyage home, camp life in England, and battalion football matches, but after crossing to France, beyond saying that he was in the front line, little is known of his military career. On arrival in England, he was posted to the 3rd Otago Battalion, and crossed to France in May, 1917, taking part in nearly all the fighting in which his battalion was engaged. When the 4th Brigade was broken up, he was transferred to the 3rd N.Z. Rifle Brigade, and after a short leave rejoined and proceeded to the front line on the evening of April 5th, 1918. Early the next morning, he was killed by a sniper. Mr Armstrong was an excellent mathematician, and a great acquisition to the School at the time of his appointment." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

      Name mispelt in AWN 1918 as Purves AWMM
    • Retreived from the
      THE SPIKE: OR, VICTORIA COLLEGE (UNIVERSITY OF NZ) REVIEW WAR MEMORIAL NUMBER

      THE FALLEN

      'Lieutenant Purvis Ford Armstrong came from Wellington College to Victoria College in 1911, graduating B.A. and winning the Sir George Grey Scholarship in 1913. Owing to ill-health he was unable to sit for M.A. in 1914. He enlisted in 1915 at Wanganui, where he was on the staff of the Collegiate School. He sailed with the 19th Reinforcements, and went to France with the 4th Brigade. After eleven months' service he was promoted first lieutenant and was killed in action shortly afterwards' Public - Warwick - Other Relative - 27 April 2015 - http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-VUW1920War_Spik-t1-body-d5.html
    • Retrieved from the KeteMasterton site:
      Biographical notes:

      In memoriam, 1914-1918, Wanganui Collegiate School "Was appointed on the staff here at the beginning of 1915. Born in 1893 at Greytown, Wairarapa, he went to Wellington College, where he distinguished himself in both work and games. After spending only one year here he enlisted, entering camp at the commencement of 1916 as N.C.O. with the 15th Reinforcements, and gaining a commission, he sailed with the 19th Contingent in November. He wrote very fully of the voyage home, camp life in England, and battalion football matches, but after crossing to France, beyond saying he was on the front line, little is known of his military career. On arrival in England, he was posted to the 3rd Otago Battalion, and crossed to France in May, 1917, taking part in nearly all the fighting in which his battalion was engaged. When the 4th Brigade was broken up, he was transferred to the 3rd N.Z. Rifle Brigade, and after a short leave rejoined and proceeded to the front line on the evening of April 5th, 1918. Early the next morning, he was killed by a sniper. Mr Armstrong was an excellent mathematician, and a great acquisition to the School at the time of his appointment."

      Was missing in action on 6 April 1918 and declared killed 9 April 1918, body never found. "We buried this officer's body about 80 yards along old front line trench from Serre Road in Colincamps sector on the left of the Railway Line about 200 yards in front of the Sugar refinery on the corner of Serre and Euston Roads." On exhumation of the grave no body could be found, a memorial cross was erected in the area. His body was to be exhumed for re-internment in Euston Road British War Cemetery at Colincamps.

      Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 18 April 1918. Public - Warwick - Other Relative - 27 April 2015 - http://ketemasterton.peoplesnetworknz.info/wairarapa_archive/topics/show/158-purvis-ford-armstrong
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    6 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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    Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Auckland Weekly News, 1918 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      45: 28 AWMM
    • Austin, W. (1924). The official history of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (The Earl of Liverpool's Own). Wellington, N.Z.: L T Watkins. AWMM
      Austin, W. (1924). p. 494. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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