James Thomas TURNER


TURNER, James Thomas

Service Numbers: 6907, 6907A
Enlisted: 13 November 1917, Ararat, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ararat, Victoria, 15 March 1899
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 11 June 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 Nov 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6907, 24th Infantry Battalion, Ararat, Victoria
21 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6907A, 24th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Nov 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6907A, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
11 Jun 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6907, 24th Infantry Battalion

James Thomas Turner

James was admitted to no7 Stationary hospital with Gas poisoning and severe burns on the 3.11.18. He died at 5.30 am on the 11.6.18 and was buried at Terlincthum British cemetery. Grave no 3 plot 1 row A.

James died and horrible and ultimately futile death. The surgeon wrote in his notes on James " Private J Turner was admitted suffering from burns to the chest and back and a fractured spine. He was quite hopelessly paralysed from the waist down and was on the dangerously ill list from the time of his admission......
“It is well that the relatives did not see the gassed patient, for it is a very painful and distressing thing, and professionally, I would far rather see a man badly wounded than badly gassed”

It was a horrific way to die for young lad of 18 years of age and served no purpose whatsoever. However , he died fighting for what he believed in and that makes him a hero to me. He was my 1st cousin 3 times removed.
He and all the others who paid the price should always be remembered as the bravest of the brave.

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