Date of Birth
H.M.S. Saker, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Theatre of war
Date of death
14 March, 1944
Location of death
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.
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission