|Place of birth||Cobram, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, Phillip Purcell, Shepparton, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 2 years in the Seniot Cadets.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||2nd Battalion, E Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/19/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||Australian Army Ordnance Corps|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England
Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 1 May 1915 (bullet wound, head, slight); rejoined unit, 19 May 1915.
Transferred to Military Hospital, Malta, 26 June 1915. Embarked for England on HS 'Galeka', 25 August 1915 (defective teeth); disembarked England, 3 September 1915, and admitted to No. 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea.
Promoted Corporal, 1 February 1916; Sergeant, 27 July 1917.
Transferred to Ordnance Section, Administrative Headquarters, London, 23 August 1916.
Married Dorothy BEAVER, 16 April 1917.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ormonde', 15 November 1919; disembarked Sydney, 29 December 1919; discharged, 4 February 1920.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal