2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
25/04/1942 (Killed in Action)
Samuel John Purvis was the son of George Purvis and Jane Purvis (nee McMaster), of Cookstown. He was born in 1919. Samuel Purvis enlisted in 1937 and had seen service in Egypt and Palestine. Fusilier Samuel Purvis was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers during the Battle of Malta. On 25th April 1942, the enemy launched many air raids on the island (as many as 20-25 on that day alone), during which Fusilier Samuel Purvis lost his life.
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.