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JAMES TURTILL

 

            Born 1750 in Suffolk, England.

Married on 3 November 1771 at Bromeswell, Suffolk ELIZABETH DOWNING, died 1788 at Trimley St Mary, Suffolk.

Died 1809 at Trimley St Mary.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

JAMES TURTILL

 

            Born 1773 at Trimley St Mary, Suffolk, England.

Married on 7 March 1797 at Bramford, Suffolk LUCY KENT, born 1779 at Nacton, Suffolk.

Died 1816 at Trimley St Mary.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JAMES KENT TURTILL

 

            Born 15 August 1797 at Bramford, Suffolk, England.

Married on 7 November 1822 at Earl Soham, Suffolk CHARLOTTE WOODS, born 13 October 1798 at Earl Soham, died 26 June 1875 at Earl Soham.

Died 1839 at Earl Soham.

 

Children, including:

 

 

JAMES WOODS TURTILL

 

            Baptised 6 July 1823 at Earl Soham, Suffolk, England.

Married in 1847 at Woodbridge, Suffolk SARAH FAIRHEAD, born 1824 at Shottisham, Suffolk, died 1889 at Wickham Market, Suffolk.

            Died 7 April 1891 at Wickham Market.

 

            Children, including:

 

 

ARTHUR CHARLES TURTILL

           

Born August 1847 at Shottisham, Suffolk, England, baptised 8 August 1947 at Shottisham.

 

Married on 18 April 1875 at St Luke’s, South Kensington, London ALICE ELIZA SIMPSON, born 18 April 1851 at Southwold, Suffolk, died 1 August 1919 at Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Died 18 March 1880 at Mile End Old Town, London, England.

 

4 children:

 

(1)  ASTLEY WILLIAM TURTILL

 

Born October 1875 at Chelsea, London, baptised 24 October 1875 at St Luke, Chelsea.

 

Married 6 February 1908 at Christchurch, Canterbury JANET MARY MEIKLEHAM, born 8 February 1880 at Christchurch, died 1 May 1959 at Christchurch.

 

Died 15 October 1925 at Christchurch.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1899, 1902, 1905/06: 8 Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Canterbury (cabinet maker, carpenter)
1908, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1922, 1925:  11 Elizabeth Street, Riccarton, Christchurch, Canterbury (carpenter)


Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

            (2)  TYRRELL JAMES TURTILL

 

                        Born 26 January 1877 at St Giles in the Fields and St George, Middlesex.

                       

Married 18 April 1900 at Oamaru, Otago ELIZABETH KATE KEARNS, born 30 August 1878 at Oamaru, died 27 March 1949 at Greymouth, West Coast.

 

Died 26 March 1961 at Christchurch, Canterbury.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1905/06, 1908:  Peter Street, Ashburton, Canterbury (cycle mechanic)
1911, 1914:  41 Peter Street, Ashburton, Canterbury (cucle mechanic)
1919, 1922:  Doyle Street, Blaketown, Greymouth, West Coast (cycle mechanic)
1925, 1928, 1931:  Marsden Street, Greymouth, West Coast (cycle mechanic)
1935, 1938, 1941:  Lydia Street, Greymouth, West Coast (cycle mechanic)
1943, 1946, 1949, 1954:  112 Alexander Street, Greymouth, West Coast (mechanic)
1957:  112 Alexander Street, Greymouth, West Coast (retired)


Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

5 children:

 

(1)  ARTHUR CHARLES TURTILL

 

            Born 20 July 1900 at Oamaru, Otago.

 

Married  30 December 1924 at Greymouth, West Coast FLORENCE MARY STUBBS, born 20 May 1894 at Christchurch, Canterbury, died 1984 at Malvern, Worcestershire.

 

Died 8 December 1950 at Christchurch.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1922:  Doyle Street, Blaketown, Greymouth, West Coast (traveller)

1928, 1931, 1935:  279 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Waikato (salesman)

1938, 1941, 1943:  11 Gillies Avenue, Hamilton, Waikato,  (salesman)

1946, 1949:  24 Ridout Road, Hamilton, Waikato (salesman)


Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

                        (2)  ASTLEY GEORGE TURTILL

 

                                    Born 9 December 1901 at Linwood, Christchurch, Canterbury.

 

Married (1) 24 January 1932 at Dartford, Kent IVY ROSE WILLIAMS (known as Rosa), born 3 April 1905 at Medway, Kent, died 13 May 1965 at Northwood, Middlesex.

Married (2) 1947 at Hendon, Middlesex BEATRICE R. CURTIS.

 

Died 14 March 1964 at Eastington, Gloucestershire.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1925, 1928, 1931, 1935:  Marsden Road, Greymouth, West Coast (cycle agent)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

                        (3)  EDNA ALICE TURTILL

 

                                    Born 27 June 1906 at Ashburton, Canterbury.

 

Married 18 December 1928 ARTHUR JOHNSON, born 3 July 1900 at Oldham, Lancashire, died 9 March 1979 at Christchurch, Canterbury.

 

Died 29 May 1978 at Christchurch.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1928:  Marsden Road, Greymouth, West Coast (spinster)
1931:  Palmerston Street, Greymouth, West Coast (married)
1935:  Marsden Road, Greymouth, West Coast (married)
1938, 1941, 1943:  Town Belt, Greymouth, West Coast (married)
1946:  65 Beresford Street, New Brighton, Christchurch, Canterbury (married)
1949, 1954:  29 Robson Avenue, Avonside, Christchurch, Canterbury (married)
1957, 1960, 1963, 1966:  29 Robson Avenue, Avonside, Christchurch, Canterbury (clerk)
1969:  29 Robson Avenue, Avonside, Christchurch, Canterbury (retired)
1972, 1975:  19a Joy Street, Shirley, Christchurch (married)

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

                        (4)  HUBERT TYRRELL TURTILL

 

                                    Born 30 May 1910 at Ashburton, Canterbury.

 

Married 1939 at Ashburton RITA McELREA SMALLBONE, born 3 November 1910 at Christchurch, Canterbury.

 

 Died 12 April 1991 at Ashburton.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1935:  Lydia Street, Greymouth, West Coast (cycle dealer)
1946:  Bland’s Wood, Peel Forest, Canterbury (manager)
1949, 1954, 1957:  30 Walker Street, Christchurch, Canterbury (cycle builder, works manager)
1960, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975:  505 New Brighton Road, Christchurch, Canterbury (supervisor, plastic worker, machinist)
1978, 1981:  505 New Brighton Road, Christchurch, Canterbury (retired)

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

                        (5)  DORIS ETHEL TURTILL

 

                                    Born 28 June 1911 at Ashburton, Canterbury.

 

Married 24 April 1935 JOHN BARRETT BLUETT, born 6 May 1907 at Christchurch, Canterbury, died 30 November 2000 at Fendalton, Christchurch.

 

Died 3 April 1963 at Greymouth, West Coast.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1935, 1938, 1941, 1943:  Winnie Street, Greymouth, West Coast (married)
1946, 1949, 1954, 1957, 1960:  26 Winnie Street, Greymouth, West Coast (married)

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

            (3)  ETHEL MARGARET ALICE ROSELINE TURTILL

 

Born 1878 at Stepney, Middlesex, baptised 1 June 1879 at St Thomas, Stepney.

 

Died 26 June 1963 at Christchurch, Canterbury.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1899, 1900:  Brights Road, Spreydon, Christchurch, Canterbury (nurse)
1905/06, 1908:  8 Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Canterbury (domestic duties)
1911:  99 Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Canterbury (spinster)
1935, 1938:  Waimate, Otago (spinster)
1941:  82 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, Canterbury (spinster)
1943, 1946, 1949, 1954:  888 Colombo Street, Christchurch, Canterbury (spinster)
1957, 1960:  123 Fendalton Road, Fendalton, Christchurch, Canterbury (spinster)

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

(4)  HUBERT SYDNEY TURTILL

 

                        Born 1 February 1880 at Mile End Old Town, London, England.

                        Hardware merchant’s employee/licensee.

                        Came to New Zealand with his parents in 1884.

 

Married on 7 July 1908 at Addington, Christchurch  MABEL EDITH HANCOCK, born 17 September 1884 at Christchurch, daughter of Edward Barnett Hancock (1845-1923) and Mary Ann Perrett (1855-1904);  died 18 March 1946 at Takapuna, Auckland.

           

Died (killed in action) on 9 April 1918 at Givenchy, France.

                        Buried at Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France.

 

                        Life and Death

 

HUBERT SYDNEY TURTILL:  A sergeant in 422 Field Company, Royal Engineers, he has a rich part in New Zealand sporting history.

 

The London-born Turtill played just one test for the All Blacks, against Australia in Dunedin in 1905. Despite being regarded as one of the best players on the field, he never wore the black jersey again.

 

Two years later he was a member of the All Golds team that headed to the UK to master the game of rugby league. He signed with St Helens in 1909, dying on the Western Front in France while serving with the British Armed Forces.

 

He is buried at Brown’s Road Cemetery, Festubert, France.

 

Source:  http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/rugby/news/article/-/2740646/rugby-heroes-forever-lie-poppies-blow/

 

Hubert Sydney Turtill had the nickname “Jum” bestowed on him while he was a child as he was somewhat plump.  “Jum” came from the common nickname for an elephant, Jumbo.  He soon shed his baby fat and became a rugby footballer with a fine, athletic build and playing as a fullback.  “Jum” became regarded as one of the best fullbacks in the world.  He gained an international cap for the All Blacks in 1905 in which the New Zealanders beat Australia 14-5.  Hubert had been considered unlucky not to have made the legendary “Originals” British tour, though was nevertheless one of New Zealand’s best players against Australia, but that was to be his only All Black match.

 

Instead of playing an illustrious rugby career as an All Black, Turtill went on to rebel against the New Zealand Rugby union after playing just one test and joined the “dark side” or “Pro-Blacks” as some called them in what became known as the “All Golds”, on their trailblazing and historic tour of Britain.  Officially known as the Professional All Blacks, the team was dubbed “All Golds” by an Australian journalist, in a derogatory sense at first, but the name stuck and now appears as an honourable entry in the annals of rugby league football.  The tour started in Australia when the All Golds played under rugby union rules and won three matches against New South Wales.  The England leg of the tour comprised 35 matches in almost five months.  “Jum” played in five of the internationals in Britain and then in 1908 played, as captain, against Australia.  It remains, after 100 years, one of the most, if not the most audacious and spectacularly successful pioneering sporting adventures of any New Zealand sports team.

 

“Jum” Turtill embraced a game most of them had never seen, let alone play.  He set out not even being familiar with the rules.  At the end of his 49-match, 10-month long tour he had test series wins over both Great Britain and Australia and earned the right to regard himself as being a part of the first world champions in the fledgling code to become known as rugby league.

 

Because of the friends he had made in the town during the tour, “Jum” then settled in St Helens, Lancashire, in 1909 with his wife, Mabel Edith (née Hancock) formerly of Christchurch and his young son Alan, where he was the popular pub landlord of the Nelson Hotel in Bridge Street, St Helens.  He joined the famous Lancashire club, St Helens, for whom he played until the outbreak of World War I.

 

During World War I he saw action at Hellencourt and Bretencourt, before the first battle of the Somme.  Names like Guillemont, Ginchy, Ribemont, Flers-Courcelette and Morval and the Ypres salient became home for “Jum” while he struggled to exist in the muddy trenches surrounded by enemy on three sides and under constant artillery fire.  After somehow surviving the battles of Pilkem Ridge and Menin Road Ridge he was killed at Givenchy by shrapnel from a shell burst – probably instantly.  He was 38 years old.  The Defence of Givenchy was to become one of the single most famous actions of the war.  It was afterwards publicly stated by an officer of the German General Staff that the stand made there by the British on April 9th and the days which followed marked the final ruination of the supreme German effort of 1918.

 

Hubert “Jum” Turtill is buried at Brown’s Road Cemetery, near Festubert, France.  His wife and son soon moved back to New Zealand.  His son, Alan, lost his life in WW2 in Libya, North Africa aged 32.  He was a Captain with the 21st Battalion New Zealand Infantry.  His father would have been no doubt very proud of him as would his son have been of his father.

 

Source:  The Legacy of Worlingham.  Compiled by Mark Kirby.  http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/NR/rdonlyres/B079F9A0-5370-489A-B0BF-0A399EE7E0B7/0/LegacyofWorlingham.pdf

 

                        All Blacks statistics

                       

Jum Turtill

 

A capable fullback in the first decade of the 20th century for Canterbury, Hubert (or as he was always known, “Jum”) Turtill was one of the first of New Zealand’s leading players to switch to the new code of rugby league, or Northern union as it was known then.

 

From the Christchurch club Turtill played 18 matches for Canterbury between 1902 and 1905 and was in the South Island side in each of the 1903 and 1907 seasons.  After appearing for a combined Canterbury and South Canterbury selection against the touring Australians in 1905 Turtill was included in the New Zealand team for the only international in Dunedin.

 

Though New Zealand’s leading players were by this time on their way to Britain for what became celebrated as the “Originals” tour the match in Dunedin has always carried full test status.

 

Despite being heavily depleted the New Zealanders beat Australia in that match 14-5.

 

Turtill, who had been considered unlucky not to have made the British tour, was one of New Zealand’s best players against Australia, but that was to be his only All Black match.

 

After the 1907 interisland match he joined the “rebel” side, which was to be known as the “All Golds”, on their trailblazing and historic tour of Britain.  He played in five of the internationals in Britain and then in 1908 played, as captain, against Australia.

 

Turtill had been born in England and his nickname, Jum, was bestowed on him while he was coming by ship to New Zealand in 1884 with his family.  As a child he was somewhat plump and Jum came from the common nickname for an elephant, Jumbo.

 

But Turtill soon shed his baby fat and as a footballer had a fine, athletic build.

 

He confirmed his switch to league in 1909 by joining the famous Lancashire club, St Helen’s, for whom he played until the outbreak of World War I, in which he was to lose his life while serving with the British armed forces in France.

 

Profile by Lindsay Knight for the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

 

FULL NAME

Hubert Sydney Turtill

 

BORN

Sunday, 1 February 1880 in London

 

DIED

Tuesday, 9 April 1918 in France

 

POSITION

Fullback

 

LAST SCHOOL

Unknown

 

RUGBY CLUB

(first made All Blacks from)

Christchurch

 

PROVINCE

Canterbury

 

NICKNAME

Jum

 

ALL BLACK DEBUT

Saturday, 2 September 1905 v Australia at Dunedin aged 25 years, 213 days

 

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

Saturday, 2 September 1905 v Australia at Dunedin aged 25 years, 213 days

 

LAST TEST

Saturday, 2 September 1905 v Australia at Dunedin aged 25 years, 213 days

 

ALL BLACK TESTS                          1

                        ALL BLACK GAMES                       0

                        TOTAL ALL BLACK MATCHES     1

                        ALL BLACK TEST POINTS             0 pts

                        ALL BLACK GAME POINTS           0 pts

                        TOTAL ALL BLACK POINTS          0 pts

                        ALL BLACK NUMBER                    139

 

ALL BLACK GAMES THAT TURTILL PLAYED

1905 2 Sep vs Australia at Dunedin 14-3 

 

Turtill did not score any points for the All Blacks.

 

Source:  http://stats.allblacks.com/asp/Profile.asp?ABID=904

 

War Service

 

            Full Name:  Hubert Sydney Turtill

            Rank Last Held:  Sergeant

 Forename(s):  Hubert Sydney

 Surname:  Turtill

 Also Known As:  Herbert Sidney Turtill

            War:  World War I, 1914-1918

            Serial No.:  (T) 6959, 426516

            Gender:  Male

            Place of Birth:  London, England

            First Known Rank:  Sergeant

            Occupation before Enlistment:  Sheetworker

            Next of Kin:  Mrs Mabel Edith Turtill (wife), Christchurch, New Zealand

            Marital Status:  Married

 Enlistment Address:  Nelson Hotel, Bridge Street, St Helens, Lancashire, England

            Military District:  St Helens, Lancashire, England

            Body on Embarkation:  Royal Engineers

            Campaigns:  Western European

            Military Awards:  Victory Medal, British War Medal (1914-1920)

            Last Unit Served:  Royal Engineers, 422nd Field Company

            Place of Death:  France

            Date of Death:  9 April 1918

            Age at Death:  38

            Year of Death:  1918

            Cause of Death:  Killed in action

 Cemetery Name:  Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France

            Grave Reference:  IV. D. 6.

 

Biographical Notes:  Husband of Mabel Edith Turtill (née Hancock)

His sons, brothers Ken (23089) and Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2. Alan was killed in the war and Ken was a POW

Listed on the New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1905-1906 Canterbury, Christchurch South as residing together with a Ethel Margaret and Astley William (carpenter) at Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch

 

Additional Information:  Name spelled Herbert Sidney Turtill on the CWGC entry for Alan Turtill (20065)

 

Sources Used:  British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941

New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1905-1906 Canterbury, Christchurch South

Guthrie, F.  Index to New Zealanders who served in other forces during World War I [microfiche].  Ringwood, Victoria, Guthrigg Genealogy, 1966

Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org

 

Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/133305.detail?Ordinal=2&c_surname_search=turtill

 

War Service

 

Hubert Turtill was born in Mile End, London in 1880.  When he was just four years old his parents sailed to New Zealand for reasons unknown.  His nickname, “Jum”, was bestowed on him while he was on the trip.  As a child he was somewhat plump and Jum came from the common nickname for an elephant, Jumbo.  But Turtill soon shed his baby fat and as a footballer had a fine, athletic build.

 

Turtill returned to England, his country of birth, in 1909 with his wife, Mabel Edith (née Hancock) formerly of Christchurch and his young son Alan.  There he joined the famous Lancashire club, St Helens, for whom he played until the outbreak of World War I.  His profession was listed as a hardware merchant’s employee/licensee.

 

Being a Lancashire lad now, Turtill wasted no time in heading off to fight the Germans.  It is clear that owing to him having two service numbers, the first being T6959 and the second being 426516, he was part of the early Territorial Force (TF) Field Company – the 422nd Coy which in November 1915 was merged into the 55th 2nd West Lancashire Division.  Turtill was a Royal Engineer.  The REs were responsible for all manner of technical support such as establishing coordinates for ground fire, delivering chemical warfare, underground mining and transport infrastructure.

 

It is likely that Turtill fought in France as early as October 1915 before the formation of the 55th Division in November 1915 when his service number was changed to 426516.  The 55th Division saw action at Hellencourt and Bretencourt, before the first battle of the Somme took place.  Names like Guillemont, Ginchy, Ribemont, Flers-Courcelette and Morval became home for Turtill while he struggled to exist in the muddy trenches.  Then in 1917 he travelled up to the Ypres salient where he would remain for most of the first half of the year and had a comparatively quiet time, if being surrounded by enemy on three sides and under constant artillery fire could be described as quiet.  After somehow surviving the battles of Pilkem Ridge and Menin Road Ridge, Turtill was relieved by the 39th Division and travelled south to an area near Cambrai where he would witness a massive tank attack by the Germans.  It was now 30th November 1917.  The British practically melted away in the onslaught and Turtill was removed for further training at Bomy, near Fruges.

 

In February 1918, Turtill’s 55th Division relieved the 42nd (East Lancashires) in the front line at Givenchy and Festubert.  Here he faced numerous strong enemy raids in March.  Early April was much quieter:  it was the calm before storm – the great German spring offensive!  The Battle of Estaires and the defence of Givenchy began on 9th April.  All we know about Turtill is that he was killed by shrapnel from a shell burst – probably instantly.  He was 38 years old.  The Defence of Givenchy was to become the single most famous action that the Division fought.  “It was afterwards publicly stated by an officer of the German General Staff that the stand made by the Division on April 9th and the days which followed marked the final ruination of the supreme German effort of 1918”.

 

Hubert Turtill is buried at Brown’s Road Cemetery, near Festubert, France.  His wife and son soon moved back to New Zealand.  His son, Alan, lost his life in WW2 in Libya, North Africa aged 32.  He was a Captain with the 21st Battalion New Zealand Infantry.  His father would have been no doubt very proud of him, as would his son have been of his father.

 

Source:  55th West Lancashire Division  http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php/topic,387820.0.html

 

                        Residence in New Zealand

 

1902, 1905/06, 1908:  8 Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch (sheet ironworker)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

3 children:

 

(1)  ALAN CECIL TURTILL

 

Born 7 July 1909 at Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England.

Chiropractor.

 

Married in New Zealand in 1937 JOAN DOUGLAS WHITE, born 12 April 1908 at Auckland, daughter of Robert White and Ida Mary Jenner Kennett (1887-1959);  died 28 October 2002 at Baulkham Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

 

Died (killed in action) on 29 November 1941 in the Western Desert, Libya.

Buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya.

 

One child:  Susan Elizabeth Turtill.

 

War Service

 

Alan Cecil Turtill 
 Rank Last Held:  Captain 
 Forename(s):  Alan Cecil 
 Surname:  Turtill 
 War:  World War II, 1939-1945 
 Serial No.:  20065 
 Gender:  Male 
 First Known Rank:  Lieutenant 
 Occupation before Enlistment:  Chiropractor 
 Next of Kin:  Mrs Joan Douglas Turtill (wife), Dick Street,   Cambridge, New  Zealand 
 Marital Status:  Married 
 Enlistment Address:  Dick Street, Cambridge, New Zealand 
 Military District:  Hamilton 
 Body on Embarkation:  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon 
 Embarkation Unit:  21 Infantry Battalion 
 Nominal Roll Number:  WW2 2 
 Page on Nominal Roll:  WW2 189 
 Other Units:  17th Waikato Regiment 
 Last Unit Served:  21 Infantry Battalion 
 Place of Death:  Western Desert 
 Date of Death:  29 November 1941 
 Age at Death:  32 
 Year of Death:  1941 
 Cause of Death:  Killed in action 
 Cemetery Name:  Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya 
 Grave Reference:  6. F. 23.
 
Biographical Notes:  Son of Sergeant Hubert Sydney Turtill, Royal Engineers (killed in action in France, 9th April, 1918), and of Mabel Edith Turtill (née Hancock) of Takapuna, Auckland, husband of Joan Douglas Turtill (née White) of Cambridge, New Zealand.


Brothers Ken (23089) and Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2.  Alan was killed in the war and Ken was a POW.
  
Further References:  Cambridge Museum Roll of Honour WW2. http://www.cambridgemuseum.org.nz/Military/ww2/ww2roh.htm

 
Sources Used:  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1941)

Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, MS 93/139
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org

 
Source:  Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/25015.detail?Ordinal=1&c_surname_search=turtill

           

Residence in New Zealand

 

1935:  80 Grey Street, Hamilton (chiropractor)

1938:  Dick Street, Cambridge (chiropractor)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

(2)  ROY TYRRELL TURTILL

 

                                    Born 6 May 1912 at Prescot, Lancashire, England.

 

Married in New Zealand in 1938 JEANNE CELIA HAWKINS, born 16 September 1915, died 30 November 2008 at Motueka, Nelson-Marlborough.

 

Died 10 March 1979 at Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1935, 1938:  Tauraroa, Northland (farmer)
1941, 1943:  18 Norfolk Street, Whangarei, Northland (farmer)
1946, 1949, 1954:  32 Norwood Road, Bayswater, Auckland (bootmaker)
1957:  32 Norwood Road, Bayswater, Auckland (presser)
1960, 1963, 1966:  32 Norwood Road, Bayswater, Auckland (liftman)
1969, 1972, 1975, 1978:  32 Norwood Road, Bayswater, Auckland (caretaker)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

 

(3)  KENNETH SYDNEY TURTILL

 

                                    Born 20 February 1914 at Prescot, Lancashire, England.

Schoolmaster;  1953-1971 Schools Liaison Officer, University of Auckland.

 

Married in 1948 at Auckland MARGARET ISOBEL UPTON, born 14 September 1911 at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, died 9 September 1990 at Takapuna, Auckland, daughter of Percy Henry Upton (1874-1960) and Florence Sarah Nihill Pierce (1878-1954), and sister of Eleanor Florence Millett née Upton (13 March 1910-26 November 1973).

 

Died 8 July 2000 at Auckland.

Cremated 17 July 2000 at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland.

 

War Service

 

Captain K. S. Turtill was wounded and taken prisoner-of-war at El Mreir, North Africa, on 22 July 1942, released March 1945.

 

Sources:  Burdon, R.M.  24 Battalion.  Wellington, War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1953, p. 118;  Scoullar, J. L.  Battle for Egypt:  the Summer of 1942.  Wellington, War History Branch, Dept of Internal Affairs, 1955, p. 344.


 Full Name:  Kenneth Sydney Turtill 
 Rank Last Held:  Captain 
 Forename(s):  Kenneth Sydney 
 Surname:  Turtill 
 Also Known As:  Ken 
 War:  World War II, 1939-1945 
 Serial No.:  23089 
 Gender:  Male 
 Date of Birth:  20 February 1914 
 Place of Birth:  England 
 First Known Rank:  Second Lieutenant 
 Occupation before Enlistment:  Schoolmaster 
 Next of Kin:  Mrs M.E. Turtill (mother), 88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand 
 Marital Status:  Single 
 Enlistment Address:  88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand 
 Military District:  Hamilton 
 Body on Embarkation:  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) 
 Embarkation Unit:  24 Infantry Battalion 
 Nominal Roll Number:  WW2 3 
 Page on Nominal Roll:  WW2 485 
 Wounds and Diseases:  Wounded 22 July 1942 
 POW Action Prior to Capture:  Went to reconnoitre in the dark and was taken prisoner 
 POW Date of Capture:  22 July 1942 
 POW Place of Capture:  El Mreir 
 POW Camps:  Italy July 1942-June 1943, PG 47, Germany after June 1943
 POW Liberation Date:  March 1945 
 Last Unit Served:  24 Infantry Battalion

                        Year of death:  2000


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

 

Brother Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2.  Alan was killed in the war.
Turtill had become Adjutant to Colonel Greville when Captain J Reynolds was wounded at the end of June 1942.
 
Further References:  Merry Christmas from the Front. (2006-2007).  MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum no. 109, Summer: December 2006 - February 2007, p. 23-24.  Extracts from letters written by Kenneth (1942, 1943) held in the collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
 
Sources Used:  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
Burdon, R. (1959).  24 Battalion.  Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.  Digital copy URL: http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-24Ba.html.  List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War, 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, MS 2009/8.


Source:  Auckland War memorial Museum Cenotaph Database  http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/36176.detail?Ordinal=2&c_surname_search=turtill.

 

                                    Prisoner of War

 

Captain Kenneth S. Turtill, 24 Infantry Battalion, WW2

 

During WW2 Captain Kenneth Sydney Turtill, a school teacher from Hamilton, was a member of Auckland 24 Infantry Battalion.  He served in Greece and in the Middle East, spending Christmas 1940 and 1941 in North Africa.

 

On 22 July 1942 Captain Turtill was captured at El Mreir while reconnoitering in the dark.  Ken was in Italian POW camps from June 1942-June 1943, and then transported to Germany where he remained a POW until liberated in March 1945.

 

Ken Turtill’s first Christmas overseas was spent in North Africa in 1940;  the following Christmas was a sad one for Ken and his mother in Auckland as his brother Alan Cecil Turtill, serving with 21 Infantry Battalion, was killed in action in November 1941.  The following Christmas Ken wrote home from a prisoner of war camp in Italy.  He was especially concerned that his mother should not worry, and each year wrote that by the following Christmas he would be home.

 

Nov. 1942

My Dearest Mother, ... I am particularly fit at the moment and waiting anxiously for mail from you and Dulcie.  It’s nearly four months since I was captured so there should be some news soon.  I want to hear that you are both all right and not worrying too much about me.  It seems very queer for us here facing the prospect of Christmas and New Year in jail.  In your wildest dreams you never thought you’d see your youngest son in prison in Italy.

 

Dec. 1942

My Dearest Mother, ... Here, as usual, things are just the same, and the only exciting prospect is the arrival of Christmas in a few days.  I think this year poor old Santa Claus is going to have quite a time coming to visit all the chaps in Italy and not forgetting your youngest son ...  The Red Cross is giving us a Christmas parcel, I understand which is said to contain a tin of cake and Christmas pudding, so I’ll be fairly well off.  Lots of love, Ken.

 

7 Jan. 1943

My Dearest Mother, I was very thrilled to get my first letter from you at Christmas.  It was a wonderful present, and only took 8 weeks to arrive, being dated Nov 2.  We had quite a good Xmas, but fairly cold and the snow is still on the ground and looks like staying.  Lots of love, Ken.

 

Source:  Merry Christmas from the Front.  MQ: Museum Quarterly no. 109, Summer: December 2006-February 2007, p. 23-24.

 

                                    Awards

 

The University of Auckland has announced the establishment of two awards which will commemorate Mr Paul Hancock Turtill who, at the time of his death in a road accident this year, was studying geology at the university.  His parents, Mr and Mrs K. S. Turtill, have established the awards of $50 to be made annually to the best student in stage two geology and the student in the same stage most in need of financial assistance.  The first awards will be made at the end of 1972.

 

Source:  New Zealand Herald 17 November 1971, p. 10 col. E.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1935, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1946:  88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (student)
1954, 1957, 1960:  132 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (student, liaison officer)
1963, 1966, 1969:  258 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (liaison officer)
1972, 1975, 1978, 1981:  258 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (retired)

 

Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981.

 

                                    2 children:

 

                                    (1)  PAUL HANCOCK TURTILL

 

                                                Born 10 October 1950 at Takapuna, Auckland.

                                                University student.

Died (killed in a motor accident) on 13 August 1971 at Te Kauwhata, Waikato.

 

 

(2)  IAN SEYMOUR TURTILL

 

Born 4 December 1952 at Takapuna, Auckland.

Film camera operator (with nickname “Turtz”).

 

Married 18 December 1973 at Takapuna, Auckland SUZANNE DENMOUTH, born 4 September 1949 at Takapuna, divorced 18 May 2007.

 

Died 19 April 2014 at Auckland.

 

Residence in New Zealand

 

1975, 1978:  268 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (teacher)
1981:  268 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland (camera assistant/operator)

 

            Source:  New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981

 

2 children:

 

(1)  PAUL JOHN TURTILL

 

            Born 22 July 1974 at Takapuna, Auckland.

 

Married 12 December 2012 at Maui, Hawaii ALYS ROWE, born 7 May 1983.

 

 

(2)  ANDREW UPTON TURTILL

 

            Born 25 May 1976 at Takapuna, Auckland.

 

Married 13 June 2010 at Santa Maria di Castellabate, Salerno, Campania, Italy MARIETTA JANA RATNAJOTHY, born 18 May 1977.

 

2 children:

 

(1)  FRANCESCA MARGARET TURTILL, born 24 April 2013 in London.

 

(2)  IAN RUBEN TURTILL, born 22 February 2015 in London.

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 2 August 2016


Hubert Sydney Turtill, 1880-1918
Hubert Sydney Turtill, 1880-1918

Hubert Sydney Turtill, 1880-1918
Hubert Sydney Turtill, 1880-1918

Alan Cecil Turtill, 1909-1941
Alan Cecil Turtill, 1909-1941

Kenneth Sydney Turtill, 1914-2000
Kenneth Sydney Turtill, 1914-2000

Kenneth Sydney Turtill & Margaret Isobel Turtill
Kenneth Sydney Turtill and Margaret Isobel Turtill (nee Upton)

Ian Seymour Turtill, 1952-2014
Ian Seymour Turtill, 1952-2014

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Paul John Turtill and Andrew Upton Turtill

Andrew, Jana, Alys and Paul Turtill
Andrew, Jana, Alys and Paul Turtill