Archibald Bellenden Purvis
Life & Career
The son of Reverend F. R. Purvis was born at Calstone Rectory, Wellington, Wiltshire.
Purvis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1888.
In May 1894, an inspection of the screw sloop H.M.S. Acorn, to which he had recently been appointed, noted that the ship "appears to have been 3 months in commission, instead of 8 days."
Purvis was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1901.
Purvis commanded the old armoured frigate Agincourt in 1903, when a boy died under a 30-ft cutter which was being cleaned on her deck or alongside her. When the cutter rolled over, several boys were caught and one died. A petty officer by the name of Porter injured his leg in extricating several boys. A verdict of "accidental death" was reached in light of the lack of "skylarking" and no real cause to the event being determinable.
On 22 September 1906, Purvis requested that he be relieved of command of Clyde, owing to ill health.
Purvis was retired as unfit on 28 November, 1907.
Purvis was promoted to the rank of Captain (retired) on 31 December, 1916.
He reverted to the Retired List on 21 January, 1919.
Purvis died of influenza and pneumonia at Stoke House at St. Mary's Bourne, Whitchurch.
|Captain of H.M. T.B. 31
29 Jul, 1886 – 27 Aug, 1886
Edward M. Hewett
James W. Pochin
|Captain of H.M.S. Speedwell
9 Jun, 1901 – 5 Jul, 1901[Inference]
William F. Benwell
John H. Robertson
|Captain of H.M.S. Jason
30 Sep, 1905 – 17 Nov, 1905
Edward A. Thomas
Harry H. Smyth
|Captain of H.M.S. Dryad
17 Nov, 1905 – 17 Jan, 1906
Henry F. Oliver
Edmund B. Van Koughnet
as Captain of H.M.S. Wild Swan
|Captain of H.M.S. Clyde
17 Jan, 1906 – 6 Nov, 1906
Clement C. Horne
- "Naval & Military Intelligence." The Times (London, England), 22 Aug. 1903, p. 8.
- The Navy List. (November, 1905). p. 334.
- The Monthly Navy List. (December, 1905). p. 304.