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'''David Charles Purley''', GM ([[January 26|26 January]] 1945 – [[July 2|2 July]] 1985) was a British [[Formula One]] racing driver, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in {{F1|1973}}.
 
'''David Charles Purley''', GM ([[January 26|26 January]] 1945 – [[July 2|2 July]] 1985) was a British [[Formula One]] racing driver, born in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, who participated in 11 Grands Prix, debuting at Monaco in {{F1|1973}}.
   
Purley is known for being heroic during the [[1973 Dutch Grand Prix]], as he stopped his car and tried to save his countryman [[Roger Williamson]], who was unable to saved after his car had a massive crash and set on fire, eventually killing him. For his attempted heroism, Purley was given the George Medal.
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Purley is best known for his heroic actions at the 1973 [[Dutch Grand Prix]], where he abandoned his own race and attempted to save the life of his countryman [[Roger Williamson]], whose car was upside down and on fire following a serious accident. Purley was awarded the George Medal for his courage in trying to save Williamson, who suffocated in the blaze.
   
 
After his racing career ended, Purley went in to professional aerobatics. But he was killed when his specially modified biplane crashed into the English Channel, offshore from his home town.
 
After his racing career ended, Purley went in to professional aerobatics. But he was killed when his specially modified biplane crashed into the English Channel, offshore from his home town.
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