Frederick John TURNER MM

TURNER, Frederick John

Service Number: 3680
Enlisted: 10 August 1915, Narrabri
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cassilis, New South Wales, Australia, September 1894
Home Town: Tambar Springs, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Tambar Springs, New South Wales, Australia, 27 July 1979
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Tambar Springs War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

10 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, Narrabri
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
4 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, Pozières, Shrapnel right thigh (slight)
25 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, Butte de Warlencourt, Shrapnel wound buttocks
31 Oct 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Broodseinde Ridge, For devotion to duty as a stretcher-bearer at Broodseinde Ridge on 8 and 9 October 1917.
9 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux, GSW Face
8 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", GSW right hand
26 Jul 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion, HT Demosthenes, London for return to Australia with wife - arrived 19 September 1919.
11 Nov 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3680, 18th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

A soldier from the Tambar Springs area who won the Military Medal for unceasing devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer at Broodseinde Ridge in early October 1917, Private Frederick John Turner was a farmer from the well-known property 'The Folly'.

The young soldier enlisted on August 10, 1915 just a few weeks short of his 21st birthday. He embarked for war in December that year, attached to the 18th Battalion. By the end of the war he had been wounded four times and won the Military Medal.

After the war he married English girl Barbara Elsie Nicholson in Armathwaite Chapel on June 4, 1919, before the couple came to Australia.

Credit: RG McLean OAM

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