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William Wesley PURKISS

Regimental number5396
Place of birthPort Melbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPrinter
Address47 Millswyn Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Purkiss, 19 Bradley Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Kent Fedorowich
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 September 1954
Age at death64
Place of burialMelbourne General Cemetery, Victoria

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