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Allan Melrose PURVES

Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressBondi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, T P Purves, 117 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 May 1917
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
FateReturned to Australia 12 July 1917

Military Cross

'On 29th September 1918, during the operations against the Hindenberg Line, in the neighbourhood of Bellicourt, he formed an aid post in a forward position. At his point the enemy put down a very heavy barrage, which lasted about six hours, and caused heavy casulaties amongst the road party and the infantry in the vicinity. The whole of this time he attended to the wounded in the open, showing great gallantry and devotion to duty and undoubtedly saved many lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

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