Bartholomew Purvis appeared as a guest for Exeter City during 1945/46 when two interim league competitions - Division Three South (South of Thames) [played until Christmas] and the Division Three South Cup (Southern Section) [played from January] - were organised ahead of a return to ‘normal’ league football in 1946/47. He later played for Gateshead, Everton, Plymouth Argyle, Notts County and Carlisle.Purvis was a guest player for Exeter City in 1945-46 whilst being on the books at North Shields. He made one appearance in a Division Three South (South of the Thames) fixture at Brighton and Hove Albion in December 1945.
He was with Everton from January 1946 to October of the same year after he signed from North Sheilds. He then moved to Gateshead where he stayed until June 1947, playing one game His next move was to Plymouth Argyle where he stayed until May 1948.
Notts County then signed Bartholomew where he played 25 times until he left August 1951 to sign for Carlisle United. He played 4 times for them,. The following season he was at Hartlepool United.
Bartholomew died in June 2001.