William Frederick (Willy) TURNER


TURNER, William Frederick

Service Number: 1924
Enlisted: 20 March 1916, Ballarat, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, 1894
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Ballarat Private School
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 30 April 1917
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Wallonie, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1924, 39th Infantry Battalion, Ballarat, Victoria
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1924, 39th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1924, 39th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne

William Frederick Turner

William Frederick Turner.
By Ron Forsyth (grand nephew.)
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae.
“On Saturday night we came into a new sector. Sunday was fairly quiet, but on Monday morning, at 10 minutes past 4, it was like hell let loose. Our lads were splendid, and sent Fritz back to his lines badly beaten: but some of the boys suffered through the enemy artillery fire, the heaviest we have yet had.” So wrote the Rev. J. Best to the parents of one of three Ballarat boys killed together that early morning of the 30th April 1917. [Ballarat Courier 10 July 1917.]
Private William John Yates, signaller, was killed by shrapnel that morning along with privates William Frederick Turner and Archibald Norman Leslie Carmichael.
“Willie” Yates’ officer, Lt. A. S. Williams, wrote further: “The tragic end occurred this morning at dawn, when the enemy advanced on our lines under cover of an intense bombardment, and was successful in entering our trenches. Sig Yates was in a dug-out together with two other men, when a shell landed 20 yards away, and two small pieces of shrapnel entered the dug-out and hit the other two men. Your son groaned once or twice, and then expired. It is understood that death was caused instantaneously through shock.” [ibid.]
1019 Private William John Yates 39th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F. 30/04/

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