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Richard Michael Hastings Purdon

In memory of:

Flying Officer Richard Michael Hastings Purdon

June 29, 1943
Off the coast of Dunkirk, France

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


3 (R.A.F.) Sqdn


1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 6 August 1946.

Additional Information


April 28, 1922
Vancouver, British Columbia


February 24, 1941
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Richard Henry Featherstonhaugh Purdon and Mary Barbara (nee Bostock) Purdon, of West Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Mary Gwendoline and Audrey Felicite.

Commemorated on Page 205 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Nord, France

Grave Reference:

Plot 2 Row 4 Grave 14.


DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY is at the south-eastern corner of the town of Dunkirk, immediately south of the canal and on the road to Veurne (Furnes) in Belgium. The British War Graves Plot is divided from the main cemetery by a hedge, and is entered through the columns of the Dunkirk Memorial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of death registers– Circumstances of death.  LAC.  Ottawa
  • Photo of Richard Purdon– In memory of the students from the University of British Columbia who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

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