Ystalyfera Fallen

War Graves & Remembrance Graves

John Purser

This is the memorial page for John Purser, native of Ystalyfera, killed during the Second World War.

The information on John Purser comes principally from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

Name(Robert) John Purser
Date of Death11th November 1943
Place of DeathItaly
Age at Death37
Unit and RegimentRoyal Artillery; 100 Bty. 52 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment
Service Number1737791
Additional Information
MemorialMemorial Plaque on wall of Royal British Legion, Commercial Street Ystalyfera.
Remembrance Grave
Local MemorialsYstalyfera War Memorial
Family DetailsSon of John and Annie Purser.
Husband of Ethel Ivy Purser of Ystalyfera, Glamorgan of Alltygrug Road
Father of Derek (born 1935) and Vivian (born 1936)
Known Brothers
Known Sisters

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, 27th November 1943 came news of his death:-

The sad news was received on Monday of the death in a military hospital in Italy of Lance-Bombardier Robert John Purser, son of Mr Jack Purser, Spencer Terrace, Lower Cwmtwrch and the late Mrs Purser and son in law of Mr and Mrs T. S. Hicks 57, Alltygrug Road, Ystalyfera. It is stated that death was due to multiple burns.
Lance Bombardier Purser, who was 37, was called up for the Forces in December 1940 and went overseas in the following March. His unit was the first to land in Italy. Prior to being called up he was employed by Mr C.F. Hunt of Hunts Stores.
Sympathy is extended to the widow and two sons Derek aged eight and Vivian aged seven and the respective families in their tragic loss.

Read Val Trevallion's article on the history of Hunts Stores, Ystalyfera.

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