Service Number: 4783
Enlisted: 28 December 1915, York, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: York, Western Australia, 7 August 1897
Home Town: Qualen, York, Western Australia
Schooling: Qualen School, Western Australia
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*, York District Honour Board, York War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, York, Western Australia
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4783, 51st Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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James Ross DUPEROUZEL was born on 7th August, 1897 in York, Western Australia

His parents were George Charles DUPEROUZEL and Sarah Jane WILLEY

He was living in Qualen via York when he enlisted with the Australian Army on 28th December, 1915 - he was with the 11th Battalion, 15th Reinforcements - Unit embarked from Fremantle, WA on HMAT Ulysses on 1st April, 1916. Later he transferred to the 51st Battalion

James was Killed in Action between 14th & 16th August, 1916 at Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France during the 51st Battalions first major battle on the Western Front

No known grave - He is commemorated in the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France and also the Australian War Memorial - He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

His brother 39848 Gnr. George Charles DUPEROUZEL (/explore/people/284125) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1918


Eastern Districts Chronicle, York WA - 21st August, 1925

DUPEROUZEL.- In sad and loving memory of our dear Son & Brother, Private James Ross Duperouzel, Killed in Action somewhere in France about August 16th, 1916 - aged 19 years

Our thoughts they often wander, to a grave so far away

Where they laid our dear son and brother, just nine years ago today

In our lonely days of thinking, thoughts of you are always dear

We who loved you, sadly miss you, As it dawns another year.

Inserted by his sorrowing Mother & Father, Sisters & Brothers.



Avon Gazette & York Times 17th August, 1923 page 2

In sad and loving memory of our dear son & brother

"No loved ones stood around him, to bid him a fond farewell

No word of comfrot could we give, to the brother we loved so well

He never shunned his countries call, he gladly gave his life, his all

He died the helpless to defend, an Australian soldiers noble end

In Frances lonely hillside, beneath the lonely sod

There lies our darling brother, resting in peace with God