Robert Edward Turner

First Name: 
Robert
Middle Name: 
Edward
Last Name: 
Turner
Mother's Name: 
Esther Turner nee Blaine
Father's Name: 
James Turner
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, June 12, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
45th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, September 26, 1971
Place of Death: 
Bulli, N.S.W.
Details: 

Robert Turner (Service No 2734) was born in Dapto, N.S.W. in 1898.

At enlistment Robert was single, 18 years old, and worked as a labourer.  Robert had a legal guardian at this time, H W Mott, of Rixon's Pass, Woonona, N.S.W. who gave permission for Robert to enlist.  Robert's papers state that his father was deceased and his mother's whereabouts were unknown.  Robert had served with 37th Cadets.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A40 Ceramic with 45th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement on 7th October 1916 and arrived in England on 21st November 1916.  He was sent on to France where he joined 45th Battalion in France on 9th July 1917.

Robert saw service on the Western Front until he was wounded in action on 18th September 1918 when he was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of shrapnel wounds to his left leg.  The injury was serious and he was repatriated to Australia in September 1919.

Robert was discharged from the AIF on 1st January 1920.

On 31st March 1920 he married Clara Moon and the couple raised 6 children.

Robert died in Bulli in 1971.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, TURNER R E

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