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David Turner (1919 - 1941)

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David Turner
Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[children unknown]
Died in Tobruk, Africamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Mar 2016
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Categories: Africa Star | War Medal 1939-45 | Australia Service Medal 1939-1945 | Wounded in Action, Australia, World War II | Missing in Action, Australia, World War II | Anzacs:World War Two | Died in Military Service, Australia, World War II | Australian Army, World War II.

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David Turner Died in Military Service during World War II.
David Turner served in the Australian Army in World War II
Service started: June 27, 1940
Unit(s): Australian Infantry A.I.F. 2/23 Battalion
Service ended: Died May 17, 1941

David Turner was born on 05 June 1920 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was the son of Sydney Groombridge Turner & Martha Lydia (née Paterson) Turner. David enlisted on the 27 June 1940 to serve with the Australian Army during World War 2. He served with the Australian Infantry A.I.F. 2/23 Battalion at Tobruk, Africa. On 17 May 1941 David was reported wounded in action, during the battle near Tobruk, Africa, wounded in action , missing believed P.O.W. The above named soldier became missing during the action outside Tobruk on 17 May 1941. [1]

World War Two Service [2]
Veteran Details
Service Australian Army
Service Number VX40517
Date of Birth 05 Jun 1919
Place of Birth MELBOURNE, VIC
Date of Enlistment 27 Jun 1940
Locality on Enlistment RICHMOND, VIC
Place of Enlistment CAULFIELD, VIC
Date of Death 17 May 1941
Rank Private
Prisoner of War No
Roll of Honour RICHMOND VIC
Honours None for display
Burial Record [3]
David Turner
Rank: Private
Service No: VX40517
Date of Death: 17/05/1941
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry A.I.F. 2/23 Bn.
Panel Reference: Column 92.
Additional Information: Son of Sydney Groombridge Turner and Martha Turner, of Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Notes: The ALAMEIN MEMORIAL forms the entrance to Alamein War Cemetery. The Land Forces panels commemorate more than 8,500 soldiers of the Commonwealth who died in the campaigns in Egypt and Libya, and in the operations of the Eighth Army in Tunisia up to 19 February 1943, who have no known grave. It also commemorates those who served and died in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Persia. [4]


  1. NAA: B883, VX40517
  2. DVA Nominal Rolls
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  4. Alamein Memorial
  • World War 2 Service National Archives Australia - Name Search TURNER DAVID : Service Number - VX40517 : Date of birth - 05 Jun 1919 : Place of birth - MELBOURNE VIC : Place of enlistment - CAULFIELD VIC : Next of Kin - TURNER SYDNEY

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On 27 Mar 2017 at 02:31 GMT Mark Dorney wrote:


The WW2 nominal roll give different years for David's birth and death

The death year appears to be correct, based on his service record at the National Archives. If you know his birth date is actually 1920, you should probably make a comment in the source or biography.

Also, WWII is not a valid place. Based on his service record, it should probably be Tobrouk, Libya.

Cheers and good luck with your research, Mark

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