PURDOM, David John
(Service number 70956)

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Date 6 October 1897 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Mary PACKMAN (sister), 91 Church Street, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 37th Reinforcements, Specialists Company
Date 16 May 1918
Transport Ionic
Embarked From Destination London, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 27 June 1946 Age 48 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 136, Plot 367
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

David John Purdom was the son of William Purdom and his wife Selina Amelia née Taylor. He was educated at Timaru Main School. Two brothers also served in World War One - Frederick Henry and Lionel Saunders.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 July 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 July 2017]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Library) [10 July 2017]; Hall and Moore funeral directors transcribed record (held by South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [July 2017]

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