Robert James Turner
Service Number: 4929
Units Served: 3rd Tunneling Battalion; 13th Tunneling Battalion;50th Battalion
Personal Details: Robert James Turner was born on the 25th of May 1889 at Mount Torrens, South Australia. He was the youngest child of William and Maria Turner
Enlistment Details: He enlisted on the 31st January 1916 and was posted to the 3rd Tunneling Battalion at the age of 26.
Details about his role in War: Robert embarked from Adelaide on the 8th of March 1916 on the “Mongolia” and arrived in Egypt between March and May.
On the 20th of May 1916, Robert was re allotted from the 3rd Tunneling Battalion to the 13th Tunneling Battalion as reinforcements for the 50th Battalion.
Robert disembarked at Marseilles, France and spent a month marching to the front line. He was admitted to hospital, sick with Pyrexia on the 19th of July
On the 13th of August, Robert was taken on strength and joined the 50th Battalion again. He was involved in the battle of Monquet Farm at Wire Trench on the front line, where he was relieved by the 4th Battalion.
On the 15th of November, Robert was evacuated sick with rheumatism
From then on, Robert marched and trained with the 50th Battalion until he was admitted to hospital again with pneumonia on 7th of February, 1917. He died one day later on the 8th of February, 1917.
Age at Death: 28
Memorial Details: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Interesting Material: Robert was a blacksmith on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.