Major Robert Black Purves. MB, FRCS.

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Royal Army Medical Corps.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order in the London Gazette of 6 September 1918.

Purves was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The London Gazette shows that the Distinguished Service Order awarded to Purves was approved by the KING "For distinguished and gallant services rendered on the occasion of the destruction or damage by enemy action of Hospital Ships, Transports and Store Ships, on the 3 June 1918."