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Regimental number2669
Place of birthFethard Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinFather, C Purtill, Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland
Enlistment date15 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919

Military Medal

'East of Polygon Wood on the night of the 28th/29th September 1917, Lance Corporal Purtill was one of a wiring party in front of our front line. As the party was about to withdraw our S.O.S. signal was fired and heavy Machine Gun and Artillery fire immediately followed, which was replied to by the enemy. Several casualties were caused and the party became somewhat disorganised. With absolute disregard to personal safety Purtill assisted Lieut. Whitfield in reorganising the party and in locating and attending to the wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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