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William Robert TURNBULL

Regimental number2691
Place of birthCampbell Town, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 5.875"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinJ Turnbull, Campbell Town, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years with in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date2 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Makarini on 15 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Sarah A. TURNBULL, Campbell Town, Tasmania
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Camp Sarpi, Mudros, 22 December 1915 (mumps); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 22 December 1915; discharged to duty, 30 December 1915; rejoined Bn, 31 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2790603: No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 2627 Pte S. LEWIS, 60th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 21 March 1917: 'He was hit in the head by shell, and killed instantly. I was about 15 yards away when "Bill" got hit. It happened at Fleur-baix (sic) on July 19th. He was not buried while I was there.I left on the 20th. I saw him hit, and also lying there afterwards. He was my best pal.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURNBULL William Robert
Red Cross File No 2790603

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