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William Joseph PURCELL

Regimental number124
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSoldier
AddressArtillery Barracks, Queenscliff, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs R Purcell, 81 Darebin Street, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery
Enlistment date4 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When the battery position had to be vacated, this N.C.O. with one other remained behind, under heavy fire, and rescued stores necessary to put the guns in action in their new position. On a later occasion these same two men maintained commucation by signalling lamp between the F.O.O. and the battery position under very heavy fire, enabling effective fire to be brought on the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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