Herbert Winton Turner
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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Richmond, Surrey, England|
11 Apr 1917 1st Bullecourt|
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|Place of Death||near Reincourt, France|
|Age at Enlistment||25 years, 10 months|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 132 lbs|
59.874 kg; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Seventh Avenue, Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Mary Elizabeth Turner|
|Date of Enlistment||22 Feb 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement to A Company / 4th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||17 Apr 1916 ‒ 14 May 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A60 Aeneas|
|Fate||Killed in Action 11 Apr 1917 near Reincourt, France|
Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel) |
Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Herbert married Mary Elizabeth Smith in 1914.
Electoral Roll entries - 1912 - 1913 farmhand at Botherling, Goomalling; 1916 at Chatsworth terrace, Claremont, a carrier.
Herbert's early records are missing. After less than a month in Egypt, Herbert departed for France from Alexandria on 7 Jun 1916 abpard HMT Ionian, arriving in Marseilles on 14 Jun 1916. Herbert was kept in the 4th Australian Base Depot at Étaples, France until he joined the 16th Battalion on 23 Jan 1917. On 17 Feb 1917 Herbert was admitted to hospital via the 12th Field Ambulance and the 4th Division RS to have his eyesight tested, returning to 16th Battalion on 18 Mar 1917.
On 11 Apr 1917 the 16th Battalion was a key unit in the attack on the Hindenberg Line near Bullecourt. Pte Goode, 4035 told the Red Cross .
.."I knew Pte Herbert Turner of 'A' Company, 5 Platoon. He was sitting with us, and a number of others at a cross road in front of Bullecourt on April 11th 1917, at daybreak when a shell exploded amongst us. He got the full force, and was killed instantly. I was wounded by the same shell, He was sitting next to me. I do not know where his remains are buried."
"....has gone to the front in France."
Herbert's death was reported in Casualty List 298, published in the Daily News Thursday 17 May 1917  .
Mary Elizabeth Turner received a pension of 40/- fortnightly from 6 Jul 1917, and their daughter Doris Mary a pension of 20/- per fortnight from 6 Jul 1917.
NOK a resident of Armadale during his absence.
- "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Herbert Winton Turner". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 12. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia.
- "KILLED IN ACTION.". The Daily News. XXXVI, (13,184). Western Australia. 17 May 1917. p. 6 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved 25 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.