Peter Turnbull

View in Catalogue Record

First name: Peter

Middle name:

Last name: Turnbull

Personal information:

Peter Turnbull was born in Amble in Northumberland, England in 1889. He was the son of Mary Jane and William (a coal miner). After arriving in Australia, they lived at Kurri Kurri. Peter was working as a miner when he enlisted in July 1915 and served with the 19th Battalion and was later attached to the 4th Australian Division Signal Company and then the 13th Battalion. He was wounded in action in France and spent 2 months in hospital in England. He again served in France when he was awarded the Military Medal in July 1918 for his role as a linesman ensured ongoing communication between the advance battalion and companies at Vaire Wood, east of Corbie. He returned to Australia on the Benalla, 31 May 1919 and was discharged in 1919, medically unfit.

The European War, ca. 1914-1918 / William Henry Dyson
All’s fair in love and war ...

Don’t know why, but I love this image ... Life goes on despite the weary body language of both the Aussie soldier and the European woman. Both seem sick and tired of their situations; but the eye contact still seems to be intense in the middle of all that mayhem. See pic.
Ph: +61 2 9273 1414
Fax: +61 2 9273 1255

State Library of NSW
Macquarie Street,
Sydney NSW 2000,

Media Enquiries