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William Thomas TURNER

Regimental number1152
Place of birthPort Lincoln South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCowell, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMother, Mrs Charlotte Turner, same address
Enlistment date15 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 August 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On the 25th May, 1918, in the BOIS L'ABBE, near AMIENS, this man displayed great bravery while acting as a stretcher bearer during the intense bombardment of the WOOD and our positions with gas shell and high explosives. Not only once but many times he rendered great assistance in carrying wounded from the advanced positions through the WOOD to the RA.A.P., all the while being subjected to very heavy shell fire, and owing to the strong concentration of gas this work had to be performed while wearing a gas mask. By his gallant conduct and devotion to duty Private TURNER, despite the greatest difficulties, undoubtedly saved many valuable lives, and set a splendid example of courage to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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