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 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.