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Joseph Bede PURCELL

Regimental number15926
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBoilermaker's apprentice
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.6
Height5' 9"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Purcell, 48 Renwick street, Redfern, Sydney, New South wales
Previous military serviceServed for 17 months in Army Service Corps, Citizen Military Forces; transferred to AIF.
Enlistment date5 November 1917
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Unit nameAustralian Army Service Corps, 1st & 2nd Anzac Mounted Divisions, 15th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Port Darwin on 30 April 1918
Discharge date24 September 1919
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, PURCELL Joseph Bede

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