Welcome to the website of William Thomas Duperouzel.

‘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.

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.

Last Post Ceremony

The West Australian newspaper article in the Can We Help? column - 15 October 2018. Last Post Ceremony for Uncle Jim at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 21 June...

‘Dearth of Trackers’

Police Constable Alexander Duperouzel’s bush tracking skills saved a man’s life after being lost in the bush for three days in the rough country south of Gingin, Western Australia In September 1961, to mark the occasion when Police Sergeant Alexander Duperouzel, known...

Aimable Ciril Duperouzel and his show horse 
at the York Agricultural Show, Western Australia

GGF Aimable Ciril Duperouzel, a pioneer of York, Western Australia loved to exhibit his horses at the York Agricultural Show. These horses were bred on his family farm at Qualen, near York. This photo is believed to have been taken in the late 1880s / early 1890s and...

Maudie Ovens and Family
‘A visit to the York Show’, Western Australia, 2 October 1913

This engaging photograph shows the large family of Julia Maud Ovens, known as Maudie, and her husband William Ovens, known as Bill (Maudie was the daughter of GGF Aimable Duperouzel and GGM Julia Neagle). Those featured include Jim Henry Ovens, Ruby Ashworth, Laudie...

The Reverend Frederick Lynch, the first Rector of the Church of St Peter’s, 
Gilgering, near Beverley, Western Australia

What is the connection between the Reverend Frederick Lynch, my French GGF Aimable Ciril Duperouzel and the convict ship ‘Lord Raglan’? In early 1858 Revd. Lynch and his family travelled as free settlers from England on the convict ship, ‘Lord Raglan’, arriving in...

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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