Richard Hugo Turnbull AVARD


AVARD, Richard Hugo Turnbull

Service Numbers: 1851, V85278
Enlisted: 12 January 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Area Staff
Born: Murrumbeena, Melbourne, Victoria, 4 March 1893
Home Town: Murrumbeena, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Postal Assistant & Assurance Rep.
Died: Illness, Caulfield, Victoria, 13 April 1946, aged 53 years
Cemetery: Berwick Cemetery, Victoria
Baptist Sec. AB. Grave 176.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Postmaster General's Department Victoria 1
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World War 1 Service

12 Jan 1915: Enlisted Australian Army, Private, SN 1851, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, Melbourne
10 Nov 1915: Involvement Sapper, SN 1851, 3rd Divisional Signal Company
10 Nov 1915: Embarked Sapper, SN 1851, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
9 Mar 1916: Promoted Australian Army, Lance Corporal
29 Dec 1916: Promoted Australian Army, Corporal
2 Apr 1917: Promoted Australian Army, Sergeant
21 Sep 1917: Discharged Australian Army, Sergeant, SN 1851, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, Medically unfit

World War 2 Service

17 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Army, Private, SN V85278, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Caulfield, Victoria
4 Nov 1941: Discharged Australian Army, Private, SN V85278, Area Staff, Area Staff 52b

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Corporal Avard served with the A.I.F. 5 Division Signals-
Australian Corps of Signals-Service Number V85278.


He was accepted, after research, for commemoration as war dead on 15/09/2011.

Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Richard Hugo Turnbull AVARD was born on 4th March, 1893 at Murrumbeena, Melbourne, Victoria

His parents were Richard John AVARD & Helen Mariner BLACKIE - she married in 1892 under the surname JONES 

He enlisted for WW1 on 12th January, 1915 and returned to Australia on 26th September, 1917 due to heart problems and was discharged as medically unfit on 21st September, 1917

Medals WW1 - 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal

He married Ada Mary HUNTER in Victoria in 1919 - Ada died in Victoria in 1943 - 3 known children

He enlisted for WW2 on 17th June, 1940 & was discharged on 4th November, 1941

Richard died of Illness on 13th April, 1946 in Caulfield, Victoria and is buried in Berwick Cemetery


His brother Herrick AVARD enlisted to serve in WW1 (details unknown) and also enlisted in WW2 (SN V366765) date of discharge unknown