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.

The Milletts of York

Special thanks to William Yeoman, Travel Journalist, with the West Australian newspaper which featured in The Weekend West on 13/14 April...
Australian Heritage Festival

Australian Heritage Festival

Australian Heritage Festival - 18 April - 19 May 2019. This is a great opportunity to visit the York Residency Museum in Western Australia to see the new 'Mini Convict Exhibition'. Our French GGF Aimable Ciril Duperouzel is being featured as the example of a...

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...

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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