Private John William Purcell

Service number 2162
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Dudley
Death Date 1916-07-19
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 31st Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John William Purcell (2162, 31st Battalion) was a miner from Maitland, NSW. He was killed in action during the battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916, just four weeks after arriving in France. John is buried in the Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France. His mother wrote that at the time of his death he was 17 years 7 months of age. John’s brother Lieutenant James Adam Purcell was awarded a Military Cross.



Date of enlistment 04 September 1915
Date of embarkation 18 February 1916
Date of death 19 July 1916
Date of fate 19 July 1916