|Place Of Birth||Newport|
Willie Purdon Geen was educated at Northam Place, Potters Bar, Haileybury Coll and Oxford. Haileybury Cricket XI wicket-keeper and captain / centre of Haileybury XV. Barbarians, Blackheath. Oxford Blue - played vs Cambridge 1910,11,12 and 13. Monmouthshire Cricket in Minor Counties. Nephew of Frank Purdon. 3 Welsh caps 1912-13 (SA,E,I).
Joined 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps August 1914 and after training in Petworth, Sussex went to front in May 1915. Battalion withdrawn but 2 days later ordered back with 9th to reinforce 41st brigade in Second Battle of Ypres. 2nd-Lieut - killed in action Hooge, Flanders, 31st July 1915. One of 350 killed that day from B Company 9th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. No grave - remembered at Menin Gate.
Newport RFC : 1910/1-1913/4 : 37 apps / 20t /1dg.
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