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Regimental number1532
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
Address2 Culworth House, Henry Street, St John's Wood, London, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Purnell, 2 Culworth House, Henry Street, St John's Wood, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Fate incorectly on Nominal Roll as RTA, 30/7/16.
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 24), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked at unknown port [Alexandria?] to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 3 August 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915; admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Anzac, then transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, then transferred to Mudros, 28 August 1915 (bomb wound, neck); disembarked Alexandria, date unknown [dated stated on B.103 is 28 August 1915]; transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 1 September 1915 (bullet wound, neck); to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, Luna Park, 1 September 1915 (bullet wound, head); discharged to duty, 18 September 1915.

Taken on strength of Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 12 January 1916; discharged to unit, 28 January 1916.

Found guilty, 3 March 1916; of (1) being in possession of an altered pass, (2) being absent without leave: awarded 4 days' confined to barracks and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Transferred from A Details, Zeitoun, 5 March 1916; taken on strength of Main Guard, 42nd Division Base Depot, Mustapha, 5 March 1916; marched out, 10 March 1916; taken on strength of 5th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 19 April 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Found guilty, 30 April 1916, of being absent without leave from 2200 hours, 22 April 1916, until 2200 hours, 29 April 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 8 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 16 July 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Eaton Hall Cemetery by Reverend James Greene, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PURNELL Albert
Red Cross file 2220207

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