Purves, William J.

Regimental Number: SE/12080
Rank: Private
Branch: Royal Army Veterinary Corps

William was born in Scotland ca. 1888. His first wife died during World War I, while William was serving at the front as a blacksmith or farrier, leaving him with two young sons. William married Sarah Devina Lynch McSorely on December 19, 1919. They came to Canada in 1926 and William filed on NW 1-75-13-W6. In 1945, William and Sarah moved to Edmonton. William died in Edmonton on May 13, 1956.

Sources: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 144