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Sergt., Inf., Co. H, 30th Div., 119th Regt.; of Martin County; son of J. H. and Mrs. Annie M. Purvis. Entered service May 29, 1917, at Williamston, N.C. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C., to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed for France. Promoted to rank of Corpl. Aug. 1, 1917; Sergt. June, 1918. Fought at St. Quentin, Meuse-Argonne. Wounded by shrapnel Sept. 29, 1918, at St. Quentin. Sent to British Hospital Base No. 73. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., April 17, 1919.