Welcome to the website of William Thomas Duperouzel.
This site was originally established back in 2002 and is now currently being refreshed to enable our global family history to be more easily accessible to the Duperouzel / Duperrouzel family worldwide and to others who have a keen interest in genealogy. The development of the site continues and includes reference to the recent tribute to my Uncle Jim Duperouzel, ‘SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE’, which was published in book form in January 2016, plus the Duperouzel family pilgrimage to France in April 2016.
Somewhere 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.