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Lucius Gregory PURCELL

Regimental number553
Place of birthCobram, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLocomotive engineer
AddressShepparton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Phillip Purcell, Shepparton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Seniot Cadets.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Ordnance Corps
FateReturned to Australia 15 November 1919
Discharge date4 February 1920
Other details

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

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