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During the attack, 2 Platoon was detailed to provide a stretcher party to evacuate casualties from the Dog outpost, approximately 150 yards from the peak of Point 227, back to the A Company aid post. At this stage the area was being heavily shelled and mortared by the enemy. Corporal Purvis was in charge of the stretcher party which evacuated a total of thirteen casualties. The speedy and efficient evacuation of these men was largely due to Corporal Purvis' organisational ability and leadership. His example under fire was an inspiration to all. On another occasion, Corporal Purvis was left in charge during the platoon commander's absence. On the night of 23/24 February 1952, a reconnaissance patrol from 3 Platoon was on the spur leading south from Point 227 when Corporal Purvis intercepted a wireless message stating that they had struck enemy mines and one man had been seriously injured. Corporal Purvis immediately organised a stretcher party, proceeded to the mined area and there arranged the wounded man's quick evacuation, a fact that was instrumental in saving the man's life. Corporal Purvis' loyalty and ability were of the highest order and he performed his duties with zeal at all times, displaying outstanding courage in action.

Korea c. 1951. Australian soldiers welcome relieving troops of the 20th Battalion, Philippines Regimental Combat Team.
(AWM HOBJ2606)


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