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TURNER, ALEXANDER BULLER

Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:
01/10/1915
Age:
22
Regiment/Service:
Royal Berkshire Regiment
 
1st Bn.
Awards:
V C
Grave Reference:
I. B. 2.
Cemetery:
CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Major and Mrs. Charles Turner, of Thatcham House, Newbury, Berks.

Citation

An extract from the Third Supplement to the London Gazette of 16th Nov., 1915, No. 29371, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery on 28th Sept., 1915, at "Fosse 8," near Vermelles. When the regimental bombers could make no headway in Slag Alley, Second Lieutenant Turner volunteered to lead a new bombing attack. He pressed down the communication trench practically alone, throwing bombs incessantly with such dash and determination that he drove back the Germans about 150 yards without a check. His action enabled the reserves to advance with very little loss, and subsequently covered the flank of his regiment in its retirement, thus probably averting a loss of some hundreds of men. This most gallant Officer has since died of wounds received in this action."

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CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY

Country:
France
Locality:
Pas de Calais

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