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Stanley George TURNER

Regimental number1429
Place of birthNorthcote, Victoria
SchoolNorthcote and Preston State Schools, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E P Turner, 13 Ferguson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years 9 months in the 55th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces, Collingwood, Victoria.
Enlistment date29 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1284
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.c. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry and Emma Phoebe TURNER, 13 Ferguson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria. Native of Northcote, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2139 Sergeant Nathaniel BARCLAY DCM, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 20 May 1915 (gun shot wound, right thigh: serious), and admitted to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Hospital Ship to Malta, and admitted to Military Hospital, Valetta, 24 May 1915; transferred to England, 20 June 1915, and admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 27 June 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from England, and rejoined unit, 14 January 1916.

Found guilty, Serapeum, 8 February 1916, of disobedience of orders: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to 57th Bn, and taken on strength, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Hog's Back, 10 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2800307, 2790 Pte L. BRETHERTON, 59th Bn, 8 April 1919: 'We were in [the] same stunt at Armentieres on 19.7.16. Turner being a bombing Cpl. he was the 1st man to reach the German lines and was killed by sniper's bullet in head. The Germans got his body.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAAB2455 file 1921464
Red Cross file 2800307

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