Text and Pictures by Noel Turner
James Thomas Turner was born Ararat, Victoria, Australia in March 1899 to
William and Priscilla Turner. He had 3 brothers and 4 sisters and would
have been 15 years old when Australia entered the World War 1 alongside
the British Empire.
Two months later
on the 22nd November 1917 James embarked on the HMAS Nestor out of
Melbourne with the 20th Reinforcement of the 24th Battalion bound for
On the 1st June
he was wounded in action (Gassed) and went by Ambulance Train to the No. 7
Stationary Hospital, Boulogne. After 7 days in hospital, James passed away
on the 11th June 1918 at age 19. He w
3 years into the
War, in August 1917 he was a young, 18 year old, single labourer and
decided to volunteer to join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as a
Private. He was slightly built weighing only 67kg and 5ft 9in in height.