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Garth Graham Turbott

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Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of the Parnell RSA - This image may be subject to copyright

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Garth Graham AWMM
  • Surname
    Turbott AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    122433 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 October 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 160 Calliope Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Turbott (wife), C/o Beach's Flats, Alison Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    122433 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

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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Twice wounded 20 April 1943 near Infidaville, Tunisia AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 20 April 1945 near the Idice river, Italy, during a mortar attack AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Elizabeth

    A personal tribute to Garth was published in the Herald in June : "During Garth's first action, at Enfidaville the last great North African battle, under very heavy shelling, mortar and M.G. fire he was wounded twice. Garth refused to leave his men until being ordered to by the Doctor next morning. His wounds required 3 months of hospitalization. A brave inspirational man that had the respect of hardened Desert vets. We will remember Garth. How could we not."

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection holds further papers relating to Turbott's war service. [Ref. MS 2002/204]

    Signature on the guitar case belonging to Tuaine Utanga (47708). Utanga took a guitar with him on active service, on the guitar's canvas case there are over 200 signatures of fellow New Zealand soldiers who served with the 30 Battalion and the 24 Battalion between 1941 and 1945.There is also a list on the case of dates and places that suggest that the guitar was taken to the following destinations:. No. 3 Platoon Vickers MM Guns. Trentham July 5th 1941. Samambula Fiji August 21 1941. Namaka Fiji September 18 1941. Momi Bay 2 January 1944. Cuvu (Thoovoo) 20 January 1944. 33 Mile Peg 24 January 1944. SS President Monroe Noumea 7 December 1942. Lambin New Caledonia 12 December 1942. Koumac New Caledonia 17 December 1942. New Hebrides 28 August 1943. Guadalcanal 27 August 1943. Vella Lavella 25 September 1943. Green Island 31 January 1944-15 February 1944. Nepoui New Caledonia 5 June 1944. Noumea Staging 9 August 1944. Papakura New Zealand 17 July 1944. Niue Island 7 September 1944. Rarotonga 11 September 1944. Auckland New Zealand 19 October 1944. Hobart Tasmania 9 January 1945. Maadi Egypt 30 January 1945. Advance Base Taranto 5 March 1945.? Senica 12 March 1945. San Severino 13 March 1945.'

    Maj G. G. Turbott, MC, m.i.d; Auckland; born Auckland, 4 Oct 1919; school-teacher; wounded 20 Apr 1943. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.208.)

    'While B Company was approaching the Idice a mortar bomb landed squarely among the personnel of its headquarters, slightly wounding Major Turbott, who, though shaken, had continued to direct operations. An incident less discouraging took place soon afterwards, when an 18-year-old German prisoner, passed back by the forward troops, explained that he hated both Hitler and Goering. By dusk all three of B Company's platoons were across, to be joined an hour later by three tanks of 20 Armoured Regiment. At one time 11 Platoon found itself with a number of the enemy still in rear on the stopbank, in possession of several large dugouts, ‘but’, says the company war diary, ‘Ted was in a submissive mood and came quietly.’ Second-Lieutenant Yarnton displayed the qualities of leadership that had come to be expected of him ever since the Senio crossing, and led 10 Platoon to its objective on B Company's left front. Turbott received the MC for consistent distinguished service while leading his company from the Senio to Trieste.' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p. 329.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    30 May 2011 AWMM
    Age 91 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: The Press, 1 June 2011, 24 Battalion tribute

    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 6 June 2011 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • The Christchurch Press AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 404 AWMM
    • Turbott, Garth Graham. Papers relating to war service, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2002/204. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Burdon, R. (1959). p. 208, 302, 307, 308, 311, 317, 324, 326, 328, 331, 335 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      Taylor, A. (1998) p. 1079 AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
      July 2011, Issue 162 AWMM
    • The Christchurch Press AWMM
      Death notice: The Press, 1 June 2011, 24 Battalion tribute AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 6 June 2011 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.608. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.208, 302, 307, 308, 311, 317, 324, 326, 328, 331, 335. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.448. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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