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Murray John Turnbull

Headstone of Pte Murray John TURNBULL 42116. Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 9A4. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel CC-BY 4.0.

Headstone of Pte Murray John TURNBULL 42116. Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Murray John AWMM
  • Surname
    Turnbull AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Twiggy AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 42116 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 February 1948 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 42116 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sustained fragment wounds in booby trap explosion; cremated Singapore, and interred Dunedin, New Zealand.

    Memorial Flag - Presented to family.

    Private Turnbull's brother, Mr Raymond Turnbull of Dunedin, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003

    Killed in action, 2 August 1969 – booby trap at Lang Phuoc Hai.Murray Turnbull was the youngest of three children and attended Bayfield High School in Dunedin. After completing basic training at Waiouru, he was posted to Alpha Company, 1 Battalion Depot at Burnham. Having joined 1RNZIR at Terendak in Malaysia he was sent to Vietnam with V4 Company in May 1969. He was killed in action during Operation Mundingburra as a result of booby trap device. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 2 August 1969 AWMM
      Age 21 AWMM
      VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
    • 2 August 1969 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 9A, Plot 4 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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Roll of Honour

Remember Murray John Turnbull by laying a poppy.

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  • Always remembering you cousin Murray. Your death shocked us all. Loved the games of rugby we all played on your front lawn. RIP
    Public - John - Other relative - 25 April 2018
  • I am proud to leave a poppy for my fallen cousin this ANZAC day 2017. We WILL remember them!
    Public - Raewyn - Other relative - 25 April 2017
  • Honoured to be able to post a poppy for my cousin Murray on the Roll of Honour. It matches the poppies I leave at your grave in Anderson Bay Cemetery.
    Public - ALAN - Other relative - 19 November 2016
  • It was good to come to Auckland and see your name on the wall in the Hall of Memories. This room is a fitting and proud tribute to you and the other man and woman who have passed away fighting for our country.
    Public - Steve - Other relative - 24 September 2016
  • Your name looked great on the wall in the Hall of memories. I wish in a 1000 years I would still know you. RIP great pal. Ollie T
    Public - Oliver - Other relative - 24 September 2016
  • It was great to see your name on the wall, I really wish I had got the chance to get to know you R.I.P
    Public - Ben - Other relative - 24 September 2016



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  • External links
    Australia's Vietnam War
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM


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25 April 2018John Queenstown NZOther relative
25 April 2017RaewynAustraliaOther relative
19 November 2016ALANAkaroa New ZealandOther relative
24 September 2016OliverDunedin NZOther relative
24 September 2016BenDunedinOther relative

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