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Kastell Kenneth TURNER

Regimental number861
Place of birthSouth Yarra, Victoria
Other NamesKenneth Kesten
SchoolMelbourne Grammar School; The University of Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil engineer
Address410 Toorak Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinR M Turner, 410 Toorak Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Artillery Brigade
FateDischarged 29 February 1916
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War service: Egypt, Gallipoli (wounded, 26 July 1915; invalided to England), Western Front

Discharged to the Royal Flying Corps, 29 February 1916. Appointed Flying Officer, 20 May 1916; 2nd Lieutenant, 1 March 1916; Lieutenant, 1 April 1918

Postings: No. 4 Reserve Squadron, 1 March 1916; No. 11 Reserve Squadron, 21 April 1916; No. 46 Squadron, 26 May 1916; No. 29 Squadron (France), 21 June 1916. Taken prisoner of war, in Harg Mountains, 25 August 1916; remained POW until November 1918. Repatriated, 21 January 1919; posted to No. 29 Training Depot Station, 3 March 1919; No. 11 Training Depot Station, 29 May 1919; No. 11 Squadron, 13 July 1919; Central Flying School, 18 August 1919; Repatriation Camp, Winchester, 17 October 1919. On the Unemployed List, 7 February 1920. Relinquished commission and permitted to retain rank, 1 September 1921.

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

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