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PURVIS – William 60th Rifles 2nd Battalion

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60th Regiment Kings Royal Rifles Helmet Plate
Died on wreck of EMMA – Perth Gazette 12 July 1867
Kaffir War Medal
NamePURVIS – William
Regiment (s)60th Rifles 2nd Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 1360
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
5th June 1839 / 18 years / Glasgow Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Dark / Grey / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationJamaica – 2 years 3 months
Canada – 3 years
Cape of Good Hope – 7 years 7 months
Length of Service21 years 29 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 17th January 1861 / Winchester Hampshire England
Campaign MedalsKaffir War 1853 (South African Medal)
Intended Residence at
Dunoon Argyle Scotland
Pension Districts1861 Paisley
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1867 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend England (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birth1821 Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
PINKERTON Jane b 1782 Paisley Renfrewshire
SiblingsPURVIS Robert b Liberton Midlothian 1806
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not married
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Western Australia Times 23rd August 1867 – page 3 (sinking of “Emma”)
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1867 Lost at sea aboard “Emma” near Dirk Hartog Island Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Purvis 1360 Private 2/60th regt depot location Naas
1851 William Purvis 1360 Private 2/60th regt location Kilkenny
In the 1861 Census William Purvis age 38 a Chelsea pensioner born Eastwood Renfrewshire is living at Public Road Dunoon, Argyllshire Scotland with his brother Robert Purvis and his wife and family. Also living at the same address is their widowed mother Jane Pinkerton age 79, born 1782 Paisley.
Robert’s occupation is given as a gardener (also in the 1851 Census).
Discharge at own request having served upwards of 21 years
The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman recorded his conduct as Very Good.
William Purvis was a member of the party sent to Roebuck Bay on 16th February 1865 on the “Clarence Packet” to search for the explorers Panter, Harding and Goldwyer. They were returning to Fremantle on the “Emma” when she was wrecked near Dirk Hartog Island in March 1867. His name on the manifest as recorded in the newspapers was wrongly noted as J. Purvis.