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.

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‘Tragedy and Triumph 1917’ – 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres 1917

‘Tragedy and Triumph 1917’ – 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres 1917…. “….at least they’ll remember me in Australia”. The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia – address...
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Tribute to Uncle Jim 23 August 1923

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget. 4783 Pte James Ross Duperouzel 51st Bn. AIF – killed in action at Mouquet Farm on the Somme, France, on 14/16 August 1916. Uncle Jim has no known grave. The tragic loss of Uncle Jim was felt deeply by the family as evident by this moving tribute...
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Australian War Memorial

Last Post Ceremony – 22 May 2017

William Duperouzel laying a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 22 May 2017....
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Newpaper-Article

Cut-Outs to Honour Sacrifice of Diggers

This article was published in The West Australian newspaper on Thursday April 20 but sadly didn’t mention the names of the soldiers featured. Uncle Jim Duperouzel is on the right and his cousin Harry Wansbrough – both from York, Western Australia is on the...
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The Last Post Ceremony

The Last Post Ceremony, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

A date for your diary – February 2019. Each day starting at 16:55 AEDT, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra farewells visitors with its moving Last Post Ceremony. The ceremony begins with the singing of the Australian National Anthem, followed by the...
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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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