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.

The York Boys

As we approach ANZAC Day 2018 I will be thinking of the ‘…York boys…’. This is an expression used by Uncle Jim, 4783 Pte James Ross Duperouzel 51st Bn. AIF, in his letter dated 16 April 1916 to his father George Duperouzel on the family Farm at York. Uncle Jim...
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Roll of Honour Name Projection

Roll of Honour Name Projection for Uncle Jim, from York, Western Australia. 4783 Pte James Ross Duperouzel 51st Bn. AIF. Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Tuesday April 24th, 2018 at 03:25am EST. Lest We Forget...
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Uncle Jim 4783 YRM v2 exhibition 2018

ANZAC Centenary Exhibition ‘WALK WITH US – Remembering Them’

25 April – 25 July 2018 The York Residency Museum in Western Australia is creating a major exhibition for the Shire of York to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC during 2018. As a regional partner in the Western Australian Museum’s state-wide programme ‘Walk...
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Duperrouzel: Pioneers of Canada

Today we pay tribute to a French branch of our global family tree from Normandy who were pioneers of Canada as we salute Aubin Desiré Duperrouzel and Mathilde Eliza Osbert, known as Eliza. Aubin and Eliza had a talent that was greatly appreciated in the burgeoning...
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Lord Raglan Convict Ship 1858

February 6, 1858: Today, we commemorate the 160th anniversary of when Mr John Bower, Surgeon Superintendent, and Mr Thomas Hybert, Sea Captain, proceeded to Deptford Dockyard, near London, having been appointed to take command of the Hired Convict Ship, ‘LORD RAGLAN’....
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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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