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PURVIS – William 60th Rifles 2nd Battalion

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60th Regiment Kings Royal Rifles Helmet Plate
Kaffir War Medal
Emma – Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 23 August 1867 page 3
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/BurialDied 1867 Western Australia aboard Emma
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 February 1865 after the murder of Messrs Panter, Goldwyer and Harding by aborigines it was decided to send a party of five EPGs to Nichol Bay abord the Clarence Packet. The chosen men were reported as Isaac Davis, Edward Goodall, John Farrell, William Whittle and a man named as Jarvice. The only EPG named Jarvis arrived in WA well after this date. EPGs Joseph Barr and Edward Radford went to Roebuck Bay aboard the Kestrel in September 1865. In 1867, these six EPGs and two others EPGs William Purvis and John Byrne perished aboard the Emma a schooner lost in a cyclone and wrecked off the coast of Coral Bay with the loss of all on board. The EMMA left Port Walcott (near Point Sampson), and the last recorded sighting was a Nichol Bay when the ship stopped there on 31 January 1867. The Emma was last heard from on 3rd March 1867 on departing Port Walcott Western Australia.

Thanks to David Senn of Albany for his research on the wreck of the Emma and Chris Hall’s 2001 article attached.