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Regimental number34
Place of birthWalcha, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressInverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, E Purcell, Inverell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Mary PURCELL. Photo: Robert and Sandra Crofts
Discharge date5 November 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Clan McGillivray', 10 July 1916; discharged (medically unfit: asthma), Sydney, 5 November 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death2 June 1934
Age at death51
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis (Sec. R.C. 9, 3074), Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, PURCELL William

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