2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
25/04/1942 (Killed in Action)
Fusilier Samuel Purvis was born in 1919 and was the son of George Purvis, and Jane Purvis (nee McMaster), of Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. The family lived near the Red Bridge, Drapersfield, and then Church Street, Cookstown. He joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 27th December 1937 and had seen service in Egypt and Palestine. It was during the Battle of Malta that he lost his life in one of the many air raids on the island on 25th April 1942, aged 23.
Pembroke Military Cemetery is located just off the north-east coastal road that runs from Msida through St. Andrews and to St. Paul's Bay, between St. Andrews and what was formerly St. Patrick's Barracks. It is approximately 3 kilometres away from St. Julian's Bay and about 8 kilometres away from St. Paul's Bay. The rear of the Cemetery is clearly visible from this road. Once approaching St. Andrew's (high ridge) it is clearly signposted.