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Arthur Leslie TURNER

Regimental number39
Place of birthLilyfield, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPatternmaker
Address18 National Street, Rozelle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Annie Elizabeth Walton, Bridge Road, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
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 Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 23), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
179
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated ('Died for his King and Country') in Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales. Photo: Peter Dennis
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, 11 March 1916.

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

Reported wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Disc received from German authorities and forwarded to Com[i]te International de la Croix Range (sic) at Geneva to His Majesty's Minister at Berne.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 2790609, 1234 W.D. JEATER, 8 November 1916: 'Pte Turner and myself left our lines together, and finally spent the night in the German front line, which place was where I last saw him, alive and well. As the enemy was shelling and bombing heavily at the time, I am afraid he was either killed or seriously wounded in that trench, as I left after him and saw no sign of him on the way back. It was light at the time and he only left me a few minutes prior to our retirement ... I was the last to leave and left a lookout for any of our section that may have been less fortunate. I saw no sign of him either in the German trench or in No Man's Land that instead or (sic) going to the right he went to the left, and so met disaster.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSister's surname incorrecrly entered on Embarkation Roll as WALTA. Next of kin's address (1922): Mr J.M. Turner, 51 Lamb Street, Lilyfield, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURNER Arthur Leslie
Red Cross File No 2790609

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