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Regimental number2972
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
AddressKadina, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 8.5"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Miss A A Daymond, Royal Exchange Hotel, Kadina, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember for 5 years of Yorketown Rifle Club.
Enlistment date21 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Provost Corps
FateReturned to Australia 2 December 1919
Discharge date12 March 1920
Other details

Form B103 (Movements) missing from Archives file.

War service: Western Front

Admitted to hospital, France; transferred to England, 18 October 1916, and admitted to 4th Northern General Hospital, 19 October 1916 (fractured left ankle: mild).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Shropshire', 2 December 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 January 1920; discharged, Adelaide, 12 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as PURSELL.
Date of death23 February 1939
Age at death58
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, PURCELL William

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