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John Richard Purton

John Richard Purton

Date of Birth

December 1921

College

Shoreditch College

WW2 rank

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

H.M.S. Saker, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Theatre of war

Atlantic

Date of death

14 March, 1944

Location of death

Unknown MIA

Buried/memorial

Lee-on-Solent Memorial

Awards/Honours


Biography

Sub-Lieutenant John Richard “Jack” Purton graduated from Shoreditch College in 1942 and seems to have joined the Royal Navel Volunteer Reserve soon after. On 14 March 1944 S.Lt. Purton was sent out on a Grumman Avenger (JZ496) for an anti-submarine bombing exercise off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He never returned from the exercise and is presumed dead. S.Lt. Purton is remembered at Lee-on-Solent Memorial. He was 22.

Sources

the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

www.unithistories.com