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Lieutenant John Edward Garth (Jack) Turnour

Service No.:
854
Unit:
59th Battalion
Tree No.:
N257
Planted by:
Mrs R Lidgett
Image of plaque on tree N257 for John Edward Turnour
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
Image of Poppy
DOW
Image of
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courtesy of the AWM
fateful moment when Lieutenant John Turnour,
of the 59th Battalion, drew fatal enemy fire
while his men attacked from the flanks

John was possibly born at either Brighton, VIC or Black Rock, SA to Keppel Arthur Turnour(1) and Margaret Ann Wallace. John had three brothers, Arthur, James and Keppel, who are also remembered in the Avenue - another brother, Donald, also enlisted in the AIF.

Portrait of John Turnour
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courtesy of Louise Ryan.

John (aka Jack) was a theological student at Bendigo, VIC when he enlisted in the AIF, 7th Battalion on the 1st of September 1914 - only a few weeks after war was declared - aged 21½. He embarked aboard the HMAT A20 Hororata in October and disembarked in Egypt in December.

On the 25th of April 1915, John landed at Gallipoli where he was wounded - bullet wound to the right shoulder - and evacuated to Malta and admitted to hospital. After returning to Egypt in August he rejoined his unit at Gallipoli in September. John was admitted to hospital at Lemnos in November - icterus and sore on leg - for a month before being promoted to Corporal and returning to Egypt in January 1916. In late February 1916 John transferred to the 59th Battalion and was promoted to Company Quartermaster Sergeant before embarking from Alexandria in June, disembarking at Marseilles, France, 10 days later.

After surviving the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 John was again wounded in August - gunshot wound to the scalp - and admitted to the 30th General Hospital, Calais, France. Shortly after this he was appointed Second Lieutenant and evacuated back to England where he was discharged from hospital later that same month.

John rejoined his unit in the field in late September 1916 and in October was detached to the Light Trench Mortar School for a week. In January 1917 he was detached to the 5th Divisional Infantry School for a month. In mid February, John was promoted to Lieutenant before again being wounded a month later at Flers, France - a gunshot wound to the right arm. After being evacuated back to England and admitted to hospital John rejoined his unit in June and was detached to Corps Intelligence School a month later for two weeks.

Grave of Lohn Turnour
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courtesy of the AWM

On the 26th of September 1917, during the Battle of Polygon Wood, John was again wounded - shell wounds to abdomen and right arm. He died of his wounds at the 17th Casualty Clearing Station two days later. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

On the 12th of January 1918 the Routine Orders issued by Lieutenant General Birdwood contained a Congratulatory:-

The Army Corps Commander wishes to express his appreciation of the gallant services rendered by the undermentioned officer during the recent operations : - Lt. J E Turnour

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918. All five brothers' as well as their father - who was a Recruiting Sergeant(1) - are also listed.

Notes

  1. Ryan L. 2009
    TURNOUR FAMILY OF COHUNA Their experience of World War One
    Available at Cohuna and Kerang libraries 940.548194 TURN

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