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Trooper William Turner

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William James Turner

Ancestor's date of birth: 14/09/1876 at Ryde NSW

Ancestor's date of death: 1952 at Parramatta

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 815

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: West Camden

Unit: New South Wales Lancers

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 166

Contingent: First New South Wales

Ship: Nineveh, Date of Sailing: 09/10/1989 (from London)

Memorial details: NSW Lancers' Memorial Museum, Parramatta NSW.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South African medal with clasps: Transvaal, Cape Colony, Belfast, Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Orange Free State, Modder River, Belmont.

Personal Characteristics: A blacksmith by trade. Height 175 cm.

Reasons to go and fight: Was a Lancer trained in the UK and en route to Australia when war declared.

Details of service in war: November 1899 - December 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State, and east Transvaal; with French's cavalry division from relief of Kimberley (February 1900) to sweep to Heidelberg (October 1900); Aldershot component of which TPR Turner was a part was the first Australian unit to arrive in South Africa (2 November 1899).


Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 6 December 1900 on the Harlech Castle. Took discharge 8 January 1901. Volunteered for service WW1 but was declared unfit due to Varicose veins.  Died in Parramatta in 1952

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Helen Turner, Northmead NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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