The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper Arthur Turnbul

Ancestor Details

Acsestor's Name: Arthur John Turnbull

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/06/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 14/01/1901

Cause of Death: Gunshot wound of right thigh, compound comminuted fracture of femur, caused by an explosive bullet. Died from shock following amputation of right leg.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Member of West Camden Lancers. Lived at Avoca (near Robertson) NSW at parents' farm. Second eldest child of Robert Turnbull and his wife Jane.

Service Number: 1209

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: SA Irregular Forces - Bethune's Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 21/12/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War.

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable.

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa.

Memorial details: Buried grave 18, 1st row, Military cemetery, Winburg. Cemetery since vandalised. Plaque at St David's Church Burrawang.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Joined Bethune's Mounted Infantry (BMI) 21 December 1900. Was involved in operations against the Boers in Orange Free State protecting and scouting for the right flank of General Buller's Army and actions near Vryheid, Scheeper's Nek and Utrecht. Wounded in action at Rietpan, died in hospital at Winburg Orange Free State 14 January 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Elizabeth Joan Smit, Banora Point NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great-Niece


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