|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||19.6|
|Next of kin||Father, James Purcell, 48 Renwick street, Redfern, Sydney, New South wales|
|Previous military service||Served for 17 months in Army Service Corps, Citizen Military Forces; transferred to AIF.|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Unit name||Australian Army Service Corps, 1st & 2nd Anzac Mounted Divisions, 15th Reinforcement|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Port Darwin on
War service: Egypt, Palestine, Syria
Embarked Sydney, 30 April 1918; disembarked Suez, 7 June 1918.
Admitted to 5th Light Horse Field Ambulance, Baalbeck, 24 February 1919 (venereal disease: chancroid); transferred to 66th Casualty Clearing Station, Rayak, 25 February 1919; to 32nd Casualty Clearing Hospital, Beirut, 28 February 1919; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 8 March 1919; discharged to duty, 27 June 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 123 days.
Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Burma', 26 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 1 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 24 September 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, PURCELL Joseph Bede|