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Kenneth Claud PURNELL

Date of birth13 January 1893
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressNewtown, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Purnell, Talbot Street, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceA A M C Reserve
Enlistment date7 February 1917
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit nameMedical Officers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps


Unit: MED
Promotion date: 11 December 1916

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and marked devotion to duty during the attack on the Hindenburg line south of Vendhuile, on 29th September 1918. He dressed the wounded under very heavy shell fire, and organized a stretcher party, and conducted them to the battery positions and by his personal and untiring efforts assisted in getting them to the nearest dressing station a distance of about 1,000 yards and still under heavy fire. Throughout the day he worked splendidly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

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