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John James TURNER

Regimental number1588
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSleeper cutter
AddressGipps Street, South Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMrs C Turner, Gipps Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, H Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7-12 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 21), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
38
Family/military connectionsFather: 4004 Pte Robert James TURNER, 2nd Australian Corps School, returned to Australia, 4 January 1918; Brothers: 2931 Pte Herbert William TURNER, 33rd Bn, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919; 767 Pte John TURNER, 30th Bn, killed in action, 20 July 1916; Brother-in-law: 10531 Sapper William BARRY [true name: Urban PARR], 3rd Divisional Signal Company, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported Missing in Action, 7-12 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field in France, 5 June 1916, determined fate as 'Killed in Action, 7-12 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURNER John James

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