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  • A Mark IV (Male) tank ditched supporting 1st Bn Leicestershire Regiment. Some men from the battalionrest in the trench.
Person Details
10 Mar 1894
Nottingham
He was the only son of Francis and Emma Purdy of 1 Claremont Terrace Francis Street and later of 60 Forest Road. He was the brother of Mabel Priscilla Purdy.
Educated at Nottingham High School. He was a bank clerk in 1911. He was a Non Conformist.
20 Nov 1917
23
239788 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1st Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Second Lieutenant Arthur Kershaw Purdy, 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action on 20th November 1917. He is buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich. (grave ref IV.H.18). At 6.20am on the 20th November 1917 the 1st Battalion along with the 9th Suffolks formed the first wave of the 71st Brigade's assault on the German front line (Plush Trench), second line (Unseen Trench) and third line (Unseen Support Trench) which formed the outposts of the Hindenburg Line. The attack was supported by tanks which were invaluable in breaching the enemy wire and allowed the Brigade to achieve all its objectives by midday. The attack resulted in the capture of 37 prisoners, 3 heavy machine guns, one heavy trench mortar and two aerial dart machines. The captured trenches were occupied for two days before the brigade was moved forward to a position between the St Quentin Canal and Noyelles-Marcoing Road. The Battalion remained in these positions until it was relieved on the 12th December by the 12th Wiltshires having spent nearly three weeks in continuous contact with the enemy. It was during this action that Arthur Purdy was probably killed.
War obituary, All Saints Church News, January 1918: 'Arthur [Kershaw] Purdy, 1 Claremont Terrace, 2nd Leicestershire Regiment, died of wounds November 27th (sic) 1917, aged 23. Only son of Mr and Mrs Purdy. He only recently returned to the Front on receiving his commission. He was an enthusiastic worker in non-conformist circles.'
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  • A Mark IV (Male) tank ditched supporting 1st Bn Leicestershire Regiment. Some men from the battalionrest in the trench.
    Courtesy Simon Williams - A Mark IV (Male) tank ditched supporting 1st Bn Leicestershire Regiment. Some men from the battalionrest in the trench.
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich .  Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Arthur Kershaw Purdy - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich . Courtesy of Murray Biddle