Herbert Winton Turner

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Herbert Winton Turner
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
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Place of Birth Richmond, Surrey, England
Death 11 Apr 1917 1st Bullecourt
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Place of Death near Reincourt, France
Age at Enlistment 25 years, 10 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 132 lbs
59.874 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Dairyman
Religion Congregational
Address Seventh Avenue, Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Mary Elizabeth Turner
Military Information
Reg Number 5331
Date of Enlistment 22 Feb 1916
Rank Private
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
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel)
Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Australian War Memorial
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Herbert married Mary Elizabeth Smith in 1914.

Electoral Roll entries - 1912 - 1913 farmhand at Botherling, Goomalling; 1916 at Chatsworth terrace, Claremont, a carrier.

War Service

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 [1].

.."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."[2]

Herbert's death was reported in Casualty List 298, published in the Daily News Thursday 17 May 1917 [3] .

  • Villers_Bretonneux Memorial
  • Section of 16th Bn panel at Villers-Bretonneux

Post War

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.


  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Herbert Winton Turner". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  2. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 12. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 
  3. "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. 

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