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John Laurie Turner

Portrait TURNER, John Laurie (37133) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait TURNER, John Laurie (37133) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Laurie AWMM
  • Surname
    Turner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 37133 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 7 October 1897 AWMM AWMM
    • 7 October 1897 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Fanny Claudia Turner (wife), 43 Gordon Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 December 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 4 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 37133 AWMM
  • Military service
    Victoria Rifles AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 November 1916 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    Postal clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 5 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Influenza November 1918, admitted to 3 NZGH; discharged 11 December 1918 and transferred to Hornchurch AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      After discharge still suffered from debility and a bad cough AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      145 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Margaret Turner

    Husband of Fanny Claudia Turner (nee Waymouth); father of Bernard Walter (1900); Arthur Laurie (1903); Frederick Oliver (1906) and Alison Mary (1910).

    He was in the Army Postal Service, since he worked in the Post Office. Family think that he was in England for his whole war service. Apart from the photo, the only item that handed down by the family was his autograph book when he attended a Scout function when he was overseas. It contains autographs such as Lord Baden Powell, the Chief Scout and his wife, the Chief Guide.

    He began service as a sorter and was promoted to Sergeant in December. He reverted to rank on transfer to the 3rd Reserve Battalion, Auckland, Headquarters, Details in February 1917 and was then taken on strength for the New Zealand Army Postal Corps with the rank of Sapper. He served in Sling and London at Headquarters and was promoted to Lance Corporal in March 1919.

    Returned to New Zealand aboard the Port Melbourne, January 1919.

    Served for 2 years 133 days; all but 42 days were served overseas.

    War service: England
    Embarked Wellington, 7 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 February 1917, and reverted to the ranks.
    Attached to Field Post Office, Sling Camp, 19 February 1917.
    Detailed 'On Command', Base Post Office, London, 7 April 1917; taken on strength, 14 July 1917.
    Apoointed Lance Corporal, 21 March 1918.
    Marched in to NZ Command Depot, Codford, 14 September 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Liverpool on board HT 'Port Melbourne', 25 January 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 11 April 1919.
    War service: 2 years 133 days (of which 2 years 91 days were overseas)
    Medal: British War Medal

    Note: age discrepancy. Date of birth given (several times) as 1897; first child born 1900; apparent age stated as 36.7. Correct date of birth would be appear to 1877. Parents: John and Margaret TURNER (both b. Auckland) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1943 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Edendale Presbyterian Church, 30 Melvin Street, Edendale, Southland AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      47: 13 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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