Frederick William Purnell

First Name: 
Frederick
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Purnell
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 21, 1899
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Purnell nee Duggan
Father's Name: 
Albert Purnell
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, August 3, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, August 8, 1951
Place of Death: 
Heidlberg Hospital, Victoria
Details: 

Frederick William Purnell (Service No 3889) was born in Hay, N.S.W.

At enlistment he claimed to be 18 years old, single, worked as a law clerk and had served with the Senior Cadets. In fact, Frederick was only 16 years old at the time.

Frederick embarked on HMAT A7 Medic, with the 4th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement, on 30th December 1915. He disembarked in Egypt on 16th February 1916, then went to France on 3rd April 1916 and joined the battalion in the field, on 17th May 1916.

Frederick was admitted to hospital soon after and diagnosed with rheumatic fever. He was deemed unfit for active service and invalided to Australia in September 1916. Frederick was discharged medically unfit with a pension on 9th November 1916.

Frederick died in Victoria in 1951 and is commemorated for his service on the Wollongong Methodist Church Roll of Honour.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, PURNELL FREDERICK WILLIAM

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