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|Name:||Turner, William Alfred|
|Also known as:||Turner, Alf|
|Place of Birth:||Sydney (N.S.W.)|
|Next of Kin:||Cathleen Burke - Mother ; Australian Hotel, Young, N.S.W.|
|Biographical notes:||Alf Turner rode to Alice Springs on a pushbike from Brewarrina, New South Wales in 1903, along with his brother Jim. They had come to join another brother, Tom Turner, who was working on a property. Alf stayed and worked at the police station and in mining before winning a contract to take the mail by packhorse from Alice Springs to Newcastle Waters. After returning from the war, Alf Turner leased Alcoota Station north of Alice Springs where he prospered making substantial improvements, including a homestead comprising two stone buildings. In 1933, Government authorities urged Turner to change to sheep as the beef market had collapsed, but Turner stayed with cattle. Alf was resident at Alcoota Station up to and including the 1949 election, but was then registered at Andado Station in 1954.|
|Date of Enlistment:||20-Apr-1916|
|Age at Enlistment:||28|
|Place of Enlistment:||Adelaide (S.A.)|
|Unit:||3rd Light Horse Regiment, 21st Reinforcement|
|Service:||Australian Imperial Force|
|Service History:||Turner’s unit embarked from Adelaide on board RMS 'Mooltan' on 24 August 1916. He served in the Middle East until 12 December 1918. He returned to Australia on board 'Port Darwin' leaving England on 12 June 1919 and reaching Australia on 29 July 1919. He was discharged on 12 September 1919.|
|Related link:||Unit War Diary|
The Third Australian Light Horse Regiment 1914-1918: A short history and listing of those who served by N.C. Smith. Gardenvale : Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications, 1993.
Photograph in PictureNT - 1912 Parliamentary visit
Embarkation Roll - RMS 'Mooltan'
Third Light Horse Regiment A.I.F., 1914-1919 : unit history by George J. Bell. Davenport, Tas : G.J. Bell, 1919.
State Library of South Australia : Photograph Men of Arltunga
"Territory Soldiers", Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 14 January 1922: p.6.
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
|Appears in Collections:||Returned ANZACs|
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