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Percival TURVEY

Regimental number2693
Date of birth23 March 1892
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressRylstone, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Jones, Perry Street, Mudgee, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of piles, 'now cured'.)
Enlistment date6 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 June 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a strong enemy attack he took his Lewis gun 300 yards forward of his post and continued to fire till the enemy were within 60 yards of him. Later his excellent gunnery and personal courage assisted materially in frustrating an enemy attack. He was under heavy fire on these occasions, and set a splendid example to his men by his cheerful confidence and gallantry.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'Near Chuignes on 23rd August 1918, Cpl. Turvey was company Lewis Gun N.C.O. and took over a gun after the crew had become casualties. Whilst advancing towards the final objective and his Coy was temporarily held up by heavy machine gun fire he advanced until he obtained a good field of fire and firing from the hip effectively silenced the enemy guns, allowing his platoon to advance to the capture of the objective. He set an example to all and the capture of the position was largely due to his daring and skill as a gunner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Discharge date27 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 17 March 1919; discharged, Sydney, 27 June 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, Gosford, New South Wales, 13 December 1941; discharged, 18 March 1942, as N106212, Private, 8th Garrison Bn.
Date of death15 May 1965
Place of burialPoint Clare Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURVEY Percival

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