Lt Arthur John Purchase M.C, Royal West Kent

1891 May 23. born Bickley, Bromley, Kent

1901 census at 9, Highlands Lodge, Oldfield Road, Bromley

1911 census in Ramillies Barracks, Wesleyan Soldier's Home, Churchill Terrace, Centre Square, Military details: Pte 2nd Bn Coldstream Gds

1916 Oct 18 Landed in France

1918 Apr 30 Commissioned R.W. Kent R. The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts., for service in the Field. Serjt. (actg. Co. Qr.-Mr.- Serjt.) Arthur John Purchase, from C. Gds.

1918 Nov 29. Gazetted MC. 2nd Lt. Arthur John Purchase, 1st Bn., R.W. Kent R. For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership. After all other officers of his company had become casualties he took command and so ably led them in an attack that he obtained the objective with the loss of one man, capturing thirty prisoners and two machine guns and accounting for many of the enemy. He has constantly done fine work

1919 Aug 22. R.W. Kent R.—2nd Lt. A. J. Purchase, M.C., retires, receiving a gratuity.

1920 Jan/Mar married to Alice L Redsull in Bromley, Kent

1920 Sep 28 Joined ADRIC with service no 635. Posted to F Coy

1920 Nov 10. Promoted Section Leader

1920 Nov 23. Promoted Platoon Commander

1920 Dec 28. R.W.K.—2nd Lt. A. J. Purchase, M.C., to Lt.

1921 Feb 3. Sarah Fitzgpatrick died. He was heavily involved in this death, and appears to have been moved to Depot as a result

1921 Feb 5. Posted to Depot Coy

1921 Mar 19. Posted to P Coy

1921 Jun 13. Injured in car crash with EW Johnston and got £100 compensation. He was off duty 6 weeks

1921 Aug 27 to 10 Sep on Leave

1922 Jan 24 . Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1939 Register. Living at 143 St Marys Road , Tonbridge. He is an Air Ministry Warden.

1941 May 8. The undermentioned, having attained the age limit of liability to recall, cease to belong to the Res. of Off.: R.W.K. Lt. A. J. Purchase, M.C. (60176).

1956 Jul/Sep Died Tonbridge, Kent aged 65.