|Place of birth||Lilydale, Victoria|
|School||Brighton Road State School, Balaclava, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||C Purcell, 4 Gibb Street, Balaclava, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/25/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||60th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||27|
|Place of burial||'Y' Farm Military Cemetery (Row D, Grave No 63), Bois-Grenier, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: John and Christina PURCELL, 7 Morton Street, Essendon, Victoria|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.
Tried by Field General Court Martial, Tel el Kebir, 13 March 1916, on charge of absenting himself without leave, in that he, at Tel el Kebir, absented himself without leave from tattooon 27 Fewbruary till Reveille on 2 March 1916: pleaded Guilty; found Guilty: awarded 56 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 5 days' pay.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.
Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PURCELL John James|