Robert West TURNER


TURNER, Robert West

Service Number: 1766
Enlisted: 31 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Urana, New South Wales, Australia, 12 May 1887
Home Town: Mackay, Mackay, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Belgium, 20 September 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Farleigh Mill & District Roll of Honour, Mackay Cenotaph, Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1766, 25th Infantry Battalion
20 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1766, 25th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
20 Aug 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1766, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Suffered a 'slight' gunshot wound to the elbow area at Poziered on 29 July 1916. He was evacuated to England and returned to his unit in France in France 25 April 1917. Killed in action 20 September 1917.

He had two older brothers serve in the Boer War with the 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles, Charles Turner who died of enteric in Bloemfontein 21 March 1902 and Henry Ernest Turner who returned.

Another brother, 2021 Corporal Francis Percival Turner 25th Battalion had been killed in action at Pozieres 5 August 1916.