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Aleck David TURNBULL

Regimental number1466
Date of birth1891
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPolice Station, Islington, Islington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Constable Turnbull, Police Station, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 13th Battalion
Promotion date: 9 September 1916


Unit: 13th Battalion
Promotion date: 18 April 1917

Temporary Captain

Unit: 13th Battalion
Promotion date: 2 September 1918


Promotion date: 26 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918

Military Medal

'During the attack on night 29th/30th August, 1916, Sergeant TURBBULL was in charge of a guiding patrol on the right flank of the Brigade attack. On reaching his first objective, he got into the trench and bombed the enemy out. Handing over the trench to a bombing section, he went on with his patrol, reached the second objective and gained entry by means of bombs. This N.C.O.'s work is much above the average. Near MOUQUET FARM.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during an advance. He led his platoon with great coolness under heavy fire. On reaching the final objective, he took a patrol well forward and brought valuable information as to the enemy dispositions. His conduct throughout set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Discharge date7 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Appointed Acting Corporal, 3 May 1916; Temporary Sergeant, 19 August 1916; Sergeant, 26 August 1916; commissioned, 9 September 1916.

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

Date of death26 March 1963
Age at death73

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