Jim Ross Duperouzel

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‘PETROSELLUM’ A Global History of the Families Dupérouzel / Duperrouzel’ + 7 family trees are accessible on this web site together with the tribute to my Uncle Jim, ‘SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE’. Also included are photos and videos of the 2016 Duperouzel family pilgrimage to France.

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Somewhere in France

Somewhere in France BookSomewhere in France is written as a tribute by the author to his Uncle Jim, 4783 Private James Ross Duperouzel, from York, Western Australia.

At the age of eighteen Jim Duperouzel enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in December 1915. Within days of his 19th birthday Pte. Duperouzel was one of ninety nine AIF servicemen of the 51st Battalion who were killed in action during the advance on Mouquet Farm, near Pozières, France, on 14/16 August 1916. Of the ninety nine servicemen who died only twenty two have an identified grave. Pte. Duperouzel is one of the seventy seven 51st Battalion servicemen who have no known grave.

What started as a quest to discover where ‘in the field’ his Uncle Jim went ‘missing’ the author soon extended the scope of his research in an attempt to also  identify, if possible, the probability of where his Uncle’s remains may lie as an ‘unknown soldier’. The result of this research is now in book form for the benefit of the family today and for future generations knowing that very few members of the extended family are likely to make the pilgrimage from Australia to the Battlefields of the Somme.

Australian War Memorial

Last Post Ceremony for James Ross Duperouzel, Friday 21st June 2019

Each day starting at 16:55 AEDT, the Australian War Memorial bids farewell to visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony. The Ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the poignant strains of a Lament, played by a piper. Visitors...
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Death certificate Frederic Surget 19 June 1861

Remembering Frédéric Surget

19 June 1861: Remembering Frédéric Surget, a convict of French origin from Isingy-sur-Mer, Calvados, #4841, known as ‘grand Surget’, who was a friend of my French GGF Aimable Ciril Dupérouzel, from Saint Aubin-du-Peron, near Coutances, Manche, convict #4840. Both men...
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HMT Huntspill troop ship 1916

Troopship H.M.A.T Huntspill

On this day 14 June 1916: Uncle Jim Duperouzel from York, Western Australia arrived in Marseilles, France on board the troopship H.M.A.T. HUNTSPILL (pictured here courtesy of Transport of Delight) – a journey that took seven days from their training camp at...
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The Farm ‘le pérouzel’ in the hamlet of Feugères, Normandy, France

The oldest known record of an ancestor in France refers to Raoul le pérouzel in the small hamlet of Feugères situated 15km n-e of Coutances, Manche dated 1606. The Article describes a property transaction involving three brothers, Gilles dupérouzel, Robert dupérouzel...
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1 Wagin Police Honour Board Ken Jack Loris 2005

Wagin Police Honour Board

Wagin – Janet and I very much enjoyed our visit to the Wagin Historical Village in Western Australia. We highly recommend a visit as there are many interesting historical attractions to see for people of all ages. Many thanks to all the volunteers who were so friendly...
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The Duperouzel Family Pilgrimage to France April 2016 at the AIF Memorial, Mouquet Farm, on the Somme

Photo Gallery from the Pilgrimage to France


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