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Regimental number767
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDarling Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert James Turner, Darling Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 42nd Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsFather: 4004 Pte Robert James TURNER, 2nd Australian Corps School, returned to Australia, 4 January 1918; Brother: 1588 Pte John James TURNER, 3rd Bn, killed in action, 7-12 August 1915; 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, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 28 February 1916, of using improper language to an NCO: awarded 7 days' punishment drill.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

German note on file: 'austr. Sold. Turner, John, 30. austr. Batl. C. Komp. am 19.7.16 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 2800107, 1575 Pte P.J. Krestensen, 30th Bn (patient, 20th General Hospital, Etaples), 9 November 1916: 'I saw him killed getting through [the] wire entanglement into [the] German trench. He was shot through the chest and fell dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURNER John
Red Cross File No 2800107

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