George Washington TURNBULL


TURNBULL, George Washington

Service Number: 28719
Enlisted: 4 April 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: State School, Melbourne
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 18 August 1917
Cemetery: Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery
Plot I, Row J, Grave 16, Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 28719, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , Perth, Western Australia
8 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner, 15th Field Artillery Brigade
25 Oct 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 28719, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 28719, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
11 Aug 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
18 Aug 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 28719, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

George Washington TURNBULL was born in 1889 in Richmond, Victoria

His parents were George Abraham Lincoln TURNBULL and Georgina Wallace TAYLOR who married in Victoria in 1888 - he was their only son

His father had disappeared many years before and his mother was deceased & George listed his aunt Maud May CAMPBELL as his next of kin - she was also his foster mother

He enlisted in Perth, Western Australia on 4th April, 1916 and embarked with the 15th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Reinforcements from Melbourne on the HMAT Ulysses on 25th October, 1916

George was Killed in Action on 18th August, 1917 and is buried in Larch Wood (Railway Cutting) Cemetery & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal.


His cousin, who was the son of the above Maud Mabel CAMPBELL also served n WW1 (SN 3387) as a Lieutenant and returned to Australia in 1918