TURNER, Bassie

Service Number: 1185
Enlisted: 11 September 1914, Morphetville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 14 June 1890
Home Town: Enfield (SA), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds (received at Gallipoli), Alexandria, Egypt, 26 August 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Row H, Grave no. 155, Chatby Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1185, Morphetville, South Australia
27 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1185, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1185, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1185, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
9 Aug 1915: Wounded Private, 1185, 10th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (head)

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Bassie was born as Sebastian TURNER on 14th June, 1890 in North Adelaide, South Australia

His parents were Jonathan Luke TURNER and Cecelia HEUSSNER who both died young and he was brought up by an Aunt (Mrs.  Annie KING)

He enlisted on 11th September, 1914 with the Australian Army - he was with the 10th Battalion,  1st reinforcements - Unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Themistocles on 27th December, 1914

Bassie was wounded on 14th August at Gallipoli and subsequently died  on 25th August, 1915 at the 17th General Hospital in Alexandria in Egypt from meningitis following a gunshot wound to the head .

He is buried in Chatby Military Cemetery and also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial - he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal



Chronicle - Adelaide - 18th September, 1915

The late Private B TURNER.  A member of the 1st Reinforcements of the 10th Infantry Battalion, Private Bassie Turner was killed in action last month. He was the nephew of Mr. & Mrs. J. King of Gloucester St, Prospect, South Australia who brought him up from infancy.