James TURNBULL

TURNBULL, James

Service Numbers: 425, 555
Enlisted: 9 April 1915, Childers, Queensland
Last Rank: Farrier Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Field Artillery Battery
Born: Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 29 July 1896
Home Town: Adamstown, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Natural causes, Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 2 November 1950, aged 54 years
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Location: Area 30, Section: Bed 14
Memorials: Cundletown Employees of A Goninan & Co Ltd. Roll of Honor, Cundletown Employees of A Goninan & Co Ltd. Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

9 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 425, Childers, Queensland
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 425, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 425, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 555, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 555, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 555, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
18 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
17 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Shoeing-Smith Corporal, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Seconded to 58th Bn
4 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 26th Infantry Battalion
27 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 26th Infantry Battalion
4 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 425, 26th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge, GSW (face, slight)
31 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 425, 26th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, GSW (forehead and feet, slight)
17 Jan 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Temporary Farrier Sgt from 14/9/18
20 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Farrier Sergeant, 555, 3rd Field Artillery Battery, 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

James Turnbull’s Grandson Bob Martin notified me in 2014 that he had placed a wooden cross at Mr Turnbull’s unmarked grave to honour his service and sacrifice.

James had served with the 30th Battalion and the 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade, before returning home August 1919.

For 64 years Mr Turnbull had been resting in an unmarked grave at Sandgate Cemetery, forgotten, so this placing of a simple wooden cross with his name and a few details to honour his service and sacrifice for God, King and Country is there to remind us that the dead are only ever truly forgotten when they are spoken of no more.

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