Alec Edgar TURNER

Badge Number: Z9487, Sub Branch: Quorn

TURNER, Alec Edgar

Service Number: 3369
Enlisted: 20 February 1917
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Cradock, South Australia, Australia, 6 January 1895
Home Town: Cradock, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 9 November 1963, aged 68 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Cradock District WW1 Roll of Honor, Cradock War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
2 Nov 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3369, 9th Light Horse Regiment
2 Nov 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3369, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Commonwealth, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Trooper, SN 3369

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Alick (also spelled Alec) Edgar Turner was the 13th child and youngest son of Joseph and Annie Maria (nee Carter) Turner of Cradock. The family had moved north from near Laura in the 1880's after it was promised to be good land for wheat. This proved wrong and the family resorted to grazing to remain viable.

Alick, like many men of farming backgrounds (especially from the more arid regions) was rather good with horses so it was natural that when WW1 began he would join the Light Horse. So on the 20th Feb 1917 he enlisted in Adelaide and was attached to the 9th Light Horse Regiment. It must have been very exciting for him having been his first time away from home.

He served in Egypt and Palestine and returned to Australia on 10 July 1919 aboard the Oxfordshire.

At the time of his enlistment he was actually farming land his widowed mother had bought back down near Laura, where she lived her last few years. Upon his return the family farm at Cradock was divied up between Alick and the next youngest brother Ernest (ex 10th Batallion). All the older brothers had married, bought their own farms and moved away.

In 1926 Alick married Emily Vivian Ashley and they had 5 children.

He and Emily retired to Quorn in the 1950's where he died in 1963 aged 68