The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper William Turner|
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
Name of Descendant: Helen Turner, Northmead NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter