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Kenneth Sydney Turtill

  • Service number
    WWII 23089 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Ken AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Captain AWMM
    24 Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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Wedding portrait, Ken Turtill (23089) and Peggy (nee Margare … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Sydney AWMM
  • Surname
    Turtill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ken AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 23089 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    20 February 1914 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    England AWMM
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 School Master AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1941 88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs M.E. Turtill (mother), 88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    1941 Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 23089 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Second Lieutenant AWMM
    24 Infantry Battalion AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 Went to reconnoitre in the dark during the attack on the El Mreir depression and was wounded and taken prisoner AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Unknown Italian Camp AWMM
    • POW - P.G. 47 Modena, Italy AWMM
      Italy AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Germany AWMM
      Germany AWMM
  • Days interned
    • 22 July 1942 AWMM
    • Jul 1942-Jun 1943 AWMM
    • Jun 1943 AWMM
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
    WW2 Mar 1945 AWMM
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 22 July 1942 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Captain AWMM
    24 Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Sergeant Hubert Sydney Turtill, Royal Engineers (killed in action in France, 9th April, 1918), and of Mabel Edith Turtill (nee Hancock) of Takapuna, Auckland, husband of Margaret Isobel (nee Upton) Turtill, whom he married in 1948.

    Brothers Ken (23089) and Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2. Alan was killed in the war and Ken was a POW.

    Ken Turtill had become Adjutant to Colonel Greville when Captain J. Reynolds was wounded at the end of June 1942. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    86 AWMM
  • Date of death
    8 July 2000 Cemetery record
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    Auckland, New Zealand Cemetery record
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery name
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 485 AWMM
    • MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
      Merry Christmas from the Front. (2006-2007). MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Summer: December 2006 - February 2007. Issue 109 p. 23-4. Includes extracts from letters written by Kenneth (1942, 1943). AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.114. AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Portrait, reported POW, 2 September 1942 AWMM


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