‘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... read more

Remembering Frédéric Surget

19 June 1861: Remembering Frédéric Surget, a convict of French origin from Isingy-sur-Mer, Calvados, #4841, known as ‘grand Surget’, who was a friend of my French GGF Aimable Ciril Dupérouzel, from Saint Aubin-du-Perron, near Coutances, Manche, convict #4840. Both men... read more

Troopship H.M.A.T Huntspill

On this day 14 June 1916: Uncle Jim Duperouzel from York, Western Australia arrived in Marseilles, France on board the troopship H.M.A.T. HUNTSPILL (pictured here courtesy of Transport of Delight) – a journey that took seven days from their training camp at... read more

Wagin Police Honour Board

Wagin – Janet and I very much enjoyed our visit to the Wagin Historical Village in Western Australia. We highly recommend a visit as there are many interesting historical attractions to see for people of all ages. Many thanks to all the volunteers who were so friendly... read more

York Residency Museum – Thank You

A big thank you to the staff and volunteers at the York Residency Museum in Western Australia for their vision to stage the ‘YORK’S ANZACS – Stories Remembering Them’ exhibition in the York Town Hall which opens on ANZAC Day. Janet and I are very grateful to Carol... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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’.... read more

Remembering William James Duperouzel, January 21, 1921

January 21, 1921: Remembering my great Uncle, William James Duperouzel, who was tragically killed in the bush near Noggerup in the south-west of Western Australia whilst working as a timber hewer for Bunning Bros. Timber Mill. William James was the son of ‘John the... read more

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... read more

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... read more

DNA Results

You may recall I submitted my DNA samples, together with a copy of the Duperouzel Family Tree, to the Australian Army – Unrecovered War Casualties (UWC), Department of Defence, Canberra, Australia, in July 2016. I did so on behalf of the family should the UWC be... read more


Uncle Jim, 4783 Private James Ross Duperouzel, 51st Bn. Australian Imperial Force from York, Western Australia. Killed-in-Action at Mouquet Farm, Somme, France, on 14/16 August 1916. Still ‘missing’ with no known grave…somewhere in France, but Not... read more

DNA Test

I thought my extended Duperouzel family would be interested to know that I carried out a DNA test and submitted the kit, together with a copy of the Duperouzel family tree, to the Unrecovered War Casualties – Army, Department of Defence, in Canberra, in July... read more

Western Front Association – BOOK REVIEW

Western Front Association – BOOK REVIEW, WFA magazine STAND TO! – 2016 AUSTRALIAN DETAIL Author: William Thomas DUPEROUZEL ‘SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE – The Story of 4783 Private James Ross Duperouzel, 51st Battalion Australian Imperial Force’ Privately... read more

Somewhere in France Published

The latest book from William Thomas Duperouzel has been released – Somewhere in France. Somewhere in France is written as a tribute by William to his Uncle Jim, 4783 Private James Ross Duperouzel, from York, Western Australia. At the age of eighteen Jim... read more