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Taber, Leslie Arthur

Service Number TX14721 Death Date 13/10/1945

Place of Death Balikpapan Borneo

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Sandakan War Cemetery

The Mercury 20 Oct 1945

 Leslie_Taber-46239-106074.jpg (72493 bytes)Pte Leslie Arthur Taber, son of Mr and Mrs A. H. Taber, Bracknell; died of injuries at Balik Papan on Oct. 13, where he was serving with the 2/33rd Battalion. 

TABER.-Died of injuries accidentally received at Balik Papan on October 13, 1945, TX14721 Pte Leslie Arthur Taber, 2/33rd Battalion, dearly beloved third son of Mr and Mrs A. H. Taber, Bracknell, and loving.. brother of Dorrie (Mrs Pitham, Somerset), Charles (AIF. returned,-; Upper Burnie), Muriel  (Mrs R. Walker. Longford). Elvie(Mrs Gelston, Melbourne), Geoff. (AIF, discharged. Drouin, V), Edna (Mrs V. Heathcote, Launceston), I -Mervyn (Bulgabac), Albert (Drouin,V). Audrey, and Verlie, in his 21st year. His duty nobly done.

Plaque at St. Marks Anglican Church Deloraine


Taylor, Alfred

Service Number TX4624 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action


The Mercury 1 Oct 1945

TAYLOR.-TX4624 Pte Alfred (Pop) Taylor, 2/40th Battalion, killed in action, beloved son of Mr Alfred Thomas and the late Mrs Taylor, 1 Thirza St., New Town, and loving brother of Irene (Mrs Cosgrove), Arthur (AIF), Bill (AIF),  Reita, Frank (AIF), Harry (prisoner of war), and Rex (AIF).

Taylor, Edward James

Service Number 3846 Death Date 21/06/1942

Place of Death Off United Kingdom coast

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede (UK) Missing Memorial

Was serving with 10 Squadron when on the 21 June 1942 while carrying out a search for the crew of a Wellington from 172 squadron they were attacked by an Arado Ar-196 and forced to land on open water.  It was just after they became stationary that a crew of a 58 squadron Whitley observed the Sunderland explode before disappearing under the water. 

All 11 on board including Sgt Taylor who was the 1st wireless operator were killed


Taylor, Henrie Harold

Service Number TX4414 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned


See Montevideo Maru

Taylor, Robert

Service Number 12134 Death Date 15/02/1945

Place of Death Noemfoor Island

Cause of Death Ground accident

Burial Lae War Cemetery

Born 3 Aug 1914 Hobart Tasmania to Robert and Ivy Taylor but living in Sydney and working as a Commercial Traveller for International Correspondence Schools when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was serving with 47 Operational Base on Noemfoor Island when he was involved in a ground accident and killed. 

TAYLOR.-Accidentally killed in Pacific Area, Sgt Robert Taylor (RAAF), devoted husband of Thelma, loving daddy of Neville and Joan, and beloved adopted son of the late Mr and Mrs T. J. Lane, late of 27 Bishop St., New Town.

The Mercury 19 Feb 1945

Taylor, Rupert Allenby

Service Number 21140 Death Date 20/11/1941

Place of Death HMAS Sydney

Cause of Death Presumed Killed in Action


Born 30 March 1919 West Melbourne Victoria to William George and Winifred Taylor but living at Balmoral Road , Kingston Beach when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Sydney.

He was a Leading Stoker when on 19th November 1941, following a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast H.M.A.S. Sydney disappeared, almost with a trace.

The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains to this day Australia’s worst ever naval disaster and one of its greatest wartime mysteries..The only confirmed relics found were a lifebelt and a Carley life float damaged by shellfire.

 Photos courtesy of Gregg Barr

Taylor, Stuart Leonard

Service Number TX8442 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action



Taylor, William Pollok

Service Number TX2020 Death Date 4/05/1941

Place of Death Middle East

Cause of Death Tobruk War Cemetery


Capt W. Pollok Taylor

Capt W. Pollok (Jock) Taylor, AIF, who died on May 4, 1941, of wounds received at Tobruk, was the first Tasmanian officer to give his life for his country. He enlisted on the declaration of war, and after attaining the rank of captain, left Australia with the 2/12th Battalion early in 1940. For years previously he was a member of the 40th Battalion, Australian Military Forces.

Capt Taylor, who was the younger son of Mrs Taylor and the late Mr Archibald Taylor, was born in Hamilton, Scotland in 1907, and came to Hobart with his parents in 1921. He was educated at the Hamilton Academy and the Friends' School, Hobart. A prominent member of the Claremont Golf Club, Capt Taylor was also a member of the Naval and Military, Masonic and Royal Autocar clubs.

For many years Capt Taylor was a member of the staff of the E., S. and A. Bank, Hobart. He married in 1939 Miss Myee Dutton Taylor, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Winslow Taylor, formerly of Perth (WA).

The Mercury 2nd April 1943

Information supplied by Chris Hill

Telford George Frederick

Service Number VX56970 Death Date 12/12/1944

Place of Death

Cause of Death prisoner of the Japanese


Reproduced with permission of the Australian War Memorial   

 Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of VX56970 Private George Frederick Telford, 4th Reserve Motor Transport Company, Australian Army Service Corps. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Telford, aged 21, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 12 December 1944. He was the son of Charles Alexander and Amelia Ann Telford, of Mowbray, Tas. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 25. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Templeton, Rex Bernard

Service Number 428079 Death Date 6/11/1944

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Reichswald Forest War Cem.

Born the 18 Sep 1919 Sandhill Tasmania to Thomas and Mary Anne Templeton (nee Greig) F/Sgt Templeton was a salesman living at 431 Wellington Street when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was with 619 Squadron when he lost his life in a flying battle over Germany.

Terry, Arthur Lewis

Service Number 409770 Death Date 8/06/1944

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Oxford RAF Cem Hinksey

Sgt-Pilot A. L. Terry, RAAF  late of Pyengana, son of Mrs Ruby Terry and the late Mr Thomas Terry, Pyengana, and nephew of Mrs M. Percy, Rocherlea, who was killed in  action in the invasion of France.

Born 1 April 1918 Victoria Hospital Launceston to Thomas Herbert and Ruby Hilda Irene Terry (nee Woolley) WO Terry was a factory hand living in Albert Park Victoria when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

He was a Warrant Officer with the 17 Operational Training Unit RAF when he was accidentally killed in an aircraft accident. 


8 Jun 1944


17 OTU


Hurricane II C

Serial No.




Take Off







Remembered With Honour


A L Terry  RAAF



Oxford (Botley) cemetery

Terry, Elliott Frederick

Service Number TX3597 Death Date 15/06/1942

Place of Death POW Timor

Cause of Death Shot by Japanese


See also TERRY, ARTHUR LEWIS (Brother) 

Born 25 Aug 1916 Pyengana Tasmania to Thomas Herbert and Ruby Hilda Irene Terry (nee Woolley) 

He was with the 2/40th Battalion in Timor when he was captured by the Japanese and on the 15th June 1942 he was executed. 

The Advocate Burnie 3 Oct 1945

TERRY-TX3507 Pte. Elliot Frederick Terry, 2/40lh Batt., beloved husband of Dulcie, Federal Hotel, Wynyard, and loving son of Mrs. T. McGaw, Melbourne. Died while P.O.W., June 25, 1942, aged 26 years.

Terry Eric Arthur

Service Number VX39269 Death Date 14/2/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Killed in action


Born 12 May 1896 Hobart Tasmania to Winston Simmons and Charlotte Martha Terry (nee Devine) 

The Mercury 26 Mar 1942

Veteran's Death

News has been received of the death of Major Eric Terry, of the 2nd A.I.F. Major Terry was at the landing at Gallipoli, and served four years during the First World War. He was three times mentioned in despatches. Two sons Ian and Michael, were with the A.I.F. at Singapore, and no news has since been received of them. Major Terry's wife and two younger sons reside in Victoria.

Died On Active Service

TERRY.-Abroad, Major Eric ArthurTerry, husband of Madeleine Terry, Glen Iris. Victoria, and youngest son of Mrs. Terry, Hopkins Street, Moonah, and the late Winston S. Terry, in his 46th year.

Terry, Gordon Bernard

Service Number TX431 Death Date 25/04/1941

Place of Death British General Hospital Middle East

Cause of Death

Burial Chatby War Memorial Cemetery

The Examiner 28 May 1941


Mrs Eileen Terry, of Launceston, has been advised that her son, Private Gordon Bernard Terry, died of burns previously reported to have been received accidentally overseas. Private Terry was in his 23rd year and was educated at St. Patrick's College, Launceston. He joined the A.I.F. early in the war


Thirkell, Neil Emmerson

Service Number TX12329 Death Date 17/10/1945

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Died of wounds

Burial Galala War Cemetery


Sgt Neil Thirkell, son of Mrs D. and the late Mr G. E. Thirkell, of Epping; shot accidentally in Timor on Oct. 17 1945


Thomas, William Richard

Service Number TX8018 Death Date 10/02/1942

Place of Death Malaya

Cause of Death Presumed



Thompson, Albert Henry

Service Number TX6093 Death Date 19/06/1945

Place of Death POW Sandakan Borneo

Cause of Death Ulcers

Burial Labuan War Cemetery

Reproduced with the permission of the Australian War Memorial

Tas. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of TX6093 Chaplain The Reverend Albert Henry Thompson, Australian Army Chaplains Department, . He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Chaplain Thompson, aged 42, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 19 June 1945. He was the husband of Gladys Minnie Thompson, of Launceston, Tas. He is buried in the Labuan Cemetery Section 21, Row C, Plot 6. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

Thompson, Francis Winterburn

Service Number TX5912 Death Date 24/06/1944

Place of Death POW torpedoed Jap transport

Cause of Death Drowned


The Mercury 27 Sep 1949

Church Memorial to Former P.O.W,

St. George's Church, Launceston, was filled to capacity on Sunday for the dedication of a stained glass window to the late Francis Winterburn Thompson, son of Dr. and Mrs. C. G. Thompson, Cameron St., Launceston, who lost his life while a prisoner of war in Japanese hands.


Thompson, Harold Classen

Service Number 401864 Death Date 26/09/1942

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Runnymede Missing Memorial

thompson_harold classen.jpg (6677 bytes)Born Latrobe Tasmania to George and Caroline Thompson, Sgt Thompson was living in Ballarat and working as a bank official when he enlisted in the RAAF. 

The Argus 20 May 1943

THOMPSON. - On September 26, 1943, reported missing now presumed dead, Ser- geant-Observer Harold Classen Thompson, R..A.A.F. dearly loved husband of Roma (nee Nott), Talbot street, Ballarat, and loving father of Heather.

Thompson, Henry Edward G

Service Number TX5038 Death Date 1/06/1942

Place of Death Kablane

Cause of Death



Thompson, John Rouse

Service Number TX2560  Death Date 17/06/1940

Place of Death Pontville Tasmania

Cause of Death Fractured skull

Burial Cairns Bay Tasmania

The Mercury 19 July 1940


Measures Advocated By Coroner

The provision of "wet" canteens at military camps and measures to ensure the safety of soldiers using the road near Brighton were advocated by the Coroner (Col Clark) at an inquest at Hobart yesterday concerning the death of two A.I.F. members at Pontville on June 17 as a result of a motor- cycle running into a group of men.

The Coroner was informed that hundreds of men were in the habit of walking along the State highway between Brighton and Pontville each evening. One witness said he had received no instruction since he entered the camp on the day of the accident as to how persons should walk along the road at night. Another said there were no lights between the entrance to the camp and the Pontville bridge on June 17.

It appeared another case in which hundreds of men would not be on the roads at night if there was a "wet" canteen at the camp, said Col. Clark. His experience as a soldier taught him that men liked to have a glass of beer after a hard day's work. He was surprised that instruction was not given as to walking on the roads at night.

The fact that a light had been placed near the scene of the accident showed that one was needed, added Col. Clark. If the roadway were properly lighted and a pathway built the chance of accident would be minimised. He hoped whoever was responsible for the construction of a path would do the work without delay. The light in front of the Brighton camp was dazzling, and should be tilted to show on to the roadway instead of into the eyes of motorists.

A witness informed the Coroner from the body of the Court that his unit had been given instruction as to the use of roads at night.

The Coroner found that Sgt.-Major Eric Richmond Riley (42), of Kingston, and Pte John Rouse Thompson (39), of Geeveston, were accidentally killed.

Evidence was given that Riley was riding a motor-cycle, with Sgt. W. H. Quinn on the pillion, towards Pontville and seven other members of the A.I.F., including Thompson, were walking in the same direction in three groups. Some were on the edge of the road and others on the grass. Several of the men saw the lights of the cycle when it came over a hill about 200yds away. When its course was observed as it approached them two called, "Look out," but the cycle careered through the group.

Thurley, Edgar Roy

Service Number TX4532 Death Date 3/12/1943

Place of Death POW Thailand

Cause of Death Beri Beri and malaria

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Thurley_edgar_roy.jpg (170135 bytes)Born 4th Aug 1919 to Henry John and Mildred Thurley (nee Best) Pte Thurley was married to Ruby Gertrude Girdlestone when he enlisted at Cooee Tasmania in the AIF. 

He was serving with the 8 Division Provost Company in Thailand when he became ill and died on the 3rd December 1943. 

He is commemorated at the Kanburi War Cemetery.

Ticknell, Eric Russell

Service Number TX3944 Death Date


Place of Death New Guinea

Cause of Death illness

Burial Bomana War Cemetery

Born Ouse Tasmania to William Thomas and Mary Frances Ticknell, Eric was living at 44 Eardley Street Launceston when he enlisted and was posted to 2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion which was formed in Victoria in October 1939.  

The Battalion which carried the colour patch of Brown over Red or “Mud over Blood” saw service in the Western Desert, Greece and two campaigns in Papua and New Guinea and it was in New Guinea that Eric Russell Ticknell died of illness on the 12th November 1943.  It should be noted that he was “Mentioned in Despatches”  

He is buried in the Bomana War Cemetery .Tickenell E. R. WW2.JPG (813636 bytes)

Tippett, Mervyn Dallas

Service Number TX3999 Death Date 13/01/1947

Place of Death

Cause of Death Injuries

Burial Devonport Cemetery

The Mercury 25 Feb 1947 


The inquest in Hobart yesterday on the death of Mervyn Dallas Tippett when an army jeep overturned near Brighton on Jan 13, the Coroner (Mr Mitchell), said there would be an "open" finding as he could not determine from the evidence the cause of the accident.

MR F J. WILMSHURST (Ogilvie McKenna, Wilrhshurst, and Mills) was allowed to appear for Cpl T. Hills, driver of the jeep.  Stanislaus Ryan, licensee of the Berriedale Hotel, said three occupants of a jeep called at the hotel shortly after 3 pm on Jan. 13. They stayed there 20 minutes or half an hour and had some drinks, but all were perfectly sober when they left.

 Lt M. P. C. Riley said the jeep left Anglesea Barracks at 3.40 pm.

He could not account for the three men having been at the Berriedale Hotel shortly after 3 pm, as stated by the licensee.

Asked if he would produce the work sheets showing the time the jeep left the barracks, Riley said he was unable to do so.

Bernard T. Hills, corporal in the Provost Corps, who was driving the jeep, said the vehicle veered suddenly to the left and went straight for a fence. He tried to bring it back on the road.

He was not affected by any liquor he had had on the way to Brighton. His foot appeared to slip on to the accelerator when the accident appeared imminent.

Eric William Jackman, sergeant in the Provost Corps at Anglesea Barracks, said he was a passenger in the jeep. He thought they left the barracks at 3.20 pm. They stopped at the Berriedale Hotel and had fouror five drinks. They also called at Brown's Hotel, Bridgewater, and had one drink there.

The jeep was travelling at 25 to 30 miles an hour at the time of the accident. The road surface was good.

 "Hills was definitely sober," Jackman told Mr Wilmshurst.

Tomkinson, Hedley Alfred

Service Number TX2831 Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Body not located


The Mercury 21 Nov 1945

Mrs H. A. Tomkinson, of Geeveston, has been officially advised that her husband, TX2831 L-Cpl Hedley Tomkinson, who was previously reported prisoner of war, was killed in action on Feb. 22, 1942. He enlisted in June, 1940, and served in Timor.

Courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Traill, Aubrey Thomas

Service Number TX4427 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned


See Montevideo Maru






Photo Courtesy Ken Traill

Traill, Douglas Milne

Service Number


 Death Date 18/01/1944

Place of Death POW Tamarkan Thailand

Cause of Death malaria and dysentery

Burial Kanburi War Cemetery

Born 5th May 1918 Ulverstone Tasmania to Bernard Milne and Ada Emmaline Traill (nee Cope).

He enlisted in the AIF in Burnie and was posted to the 2/29 Infantry Battalion and was later transferred to the 2/26th.

He was a prisoner of war working at Mengui and later died at Tamakan of malaria and dysentery.

Travers, Archibald Richard

Service Number 408017 Death Date 9/04/1942

Place of Death Sri Lanka

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Singapore Missing Memorial

Born 10 July 1910 Hampden Road Battery Point to Archibald Lindsay and Mary Lyall Gaultier Travers (nee Barker) 

The Mercury 21 Apr 1942

Capt. N. G. BOOTH, of Sulphur Creek, has been advised by the Air Board that his stepson. Sgt. Archibald Richard TRAVERS, has been reported missing.

Treanor, Geoffrey Gibson

Service Number TX6649 Death Date 1/05/1946

Place of Death Wodonga Victoria

Cause of Death Accidental death

Burial Albury War Cemetery

Born 25 Feb 1923 Ulverstone Tasmania to Herbert Charles and Linda Olive Treanor

Pte Treanor was attached to AIF 1 Ord Veh Park when he died of injuries on the 1 May 1946. 

He is buried at the Albury War Cemetery


Triffett, Ronald Clement

Service Number TX4389 Death Date 1/07/1942

Place of Death POW torpedoed Montevideo Maru

Cause of Death Drowned


TRIFFETT, Ronald Clement, Gnr, TX4389. AIF L Hvy Bty, Royal Australian Artillery. 1 July 1942. Age 23. Son of Walter Clement Triffett and Eva Lorna Triffett, of Moonah, Tasmania.

See Montevideo Maru

Truskett, Robert Henry

Service Number 2/40 AIB Death Date 22/02/1942

Place of Death Timor

Cause of Death Killed in action



Born 27 July 1918 Sheffield Tasmania to John William and Dora Annie Truskett (nee Dutton)  

The Mercury 3 Oct 1945

TRUSKETT.-Killed in action in Timor, TX2926 Cpl R. H. Truskett; 2/40th Battalion, AIF, dearly loved fourth son of Mrs D. Truskett,' Lawrence St., Launceston, and loving brother of Jack, Viv, Lance,' Betty. and Terry (deceased) RAAF.

Truskett, Terrence George

Service Number 428001 Death Date 4/03/1945

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial RAF Cemetery Cambridge


Born Wilmot Tasmania to John William and Dora Ann Truskett (nee Dutton)

F/Sgt Truskett was a horticulturalist before he enlisted in the RAAF 

The Mercury 8 Mar 1945

TRUSKETT.-On March 4. 1945, at Rutland, England, Flt-Sgt Terence George (Terry) Truskett (RAAF), dearly loved and youngest son of Mrs D. Truskett, Lawrence St., Launceston, and loving brother of Jack, Viv, Lance, Betty, and Bob (POW), aged 24 years. Result of aircraft accident.

Tucker, Donald Beresford

Service Number 59315 Death Date 14/07/1943

Place of Death Sydney

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Sydney Missing Memorial

On the afternoon of 14 Jul 1943, a test flight was performed,  following a maintenance inspection, on Avro-Anson aircraft W-2556. Also on aboard the aircraft were a maintenance team consisting of 27786 Corporal James Dennis Horrigan, 116182 Aircraftman (AC) Desmond Whenan, 45971 AC John Vincent Colin Matheson and 59315 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Donald Beresford Tucker. W-2556 failed to return to the training school at Mallala, SA. An extensive search discovered debris in the sea off Parham, SA. No trace of the crew was found. FO Pettit was 24 years of age. 

The Argus 15 July 1944

TUCKER.—In loving memory of our youngest son, L.A.C. Donald Beresford (R.A.A.F.), who gave his all for home and country July 14, 1943, brother of Joyce (Mrs. Dunbar) Anster (A.I.F., returned). Ian (R.A.A.F. returned), and Margaret.

Tumilty, Ross Phillip

Service Number 408429 Death Date 7/12/1943

Place of Death Gunaroo

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial Canberra War Cemetery


The Mercury 10 Dec 1943 


Flt-Sgt Ross Tumilty, only son of Mr and Mrs L. R, Tumilty, Launceston, whose death in an aircraft accident this week was announced.


Turnbull, Clifton Victor

Service Number H/1446 Death Date 1/03/1942

Place of Death HMAS Perth (ship lost)

Cause of Death Death presumed


Born 23 Jan 1917 216 Campbell Street Hobart to William Charles and Minnie Turnbull (nee Sayer) 

The Mercury 5 Feb 1946

AB Clifton V. Turnbull, second son of Mr and Mrs W. Turnbull, Jordan Hill Rd., Hobart, who was educated at the Elizabeth St. Practising School, a member of the Baptist Church cricket team, and an employee of the Tasmanian Government Railways.

Turnbull, John Percival

Service Number TX11902 Death Date 29/03/1943

Place of Death Australia

Cause of Death Injuries

Burial Cremated Carr Villa 

The Mercury 31 Mar 1943

Hobart Man Killed In Car Smash At Launceston

WHEN a motor-car crashed into an electric light stay pole in Brisbane St., Launceston, near City Park, late on Monday, John Percival Turnbull, unmarried, a member of the AIF, of Hobart, was injured  fatally.

Miss Mavis Herbert, 239 Wellington St., Launceston, who also was in the car, was lacerated about the face and legs. She and Turnbull were taken to the Launceston General Hospital.

The driver of the car was injured, but was not present when the police arrived, and has not yet been interviewed. An inquest will be opened today.

The car, which is a hire-drive vehicle was smashed badly, and the engine forced back under the dashboard.

Sgt W. F. Bourke reported that the impact caused the car to swing round so that the rear faced the opposite side of the street. When he arrived Turnbull was lying on the roadway unconscious. Mr R. J. Foot, 99 Charles St., told him he was driving a car from Elphin when he saw a car approach from the city, and heard the crash. The car caught alight, and Mr Foot assisted to get the injured woman out.

Gordon Lewis Smith told a representative of "The Mercury" that he was on the scene soon after the accident, and noticed the car alight under the bonnet. He helped another man take a woman out of the car, and someone else put out the fire. Turnbull was lying over the back of the front seat apparently dead. While he was helping the woman out of the car someone got out of the front seat and walked away. Smith added that he believed there was a fourth person in the car. 

The Mercury 2 April 1943


Pte J. P. Turnbull

The funeral of Pte John Percival Turnbull, of Hobart, took place yesterday morning at the Carr Villa crematorium. The service was conducted by Padre R T Wootton.  Chief mourners were Messrs T A. Turnbull (brother) D. Henderson (uncle), and C F. McClea. Casket carriers were Sgts A. Chatterton, B. M Horne, W A. Appleby, and Pte R M Richardson. "The Last Post" was sounded by Bugler Hr H. Hincks.

Funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr C., T Finney.

Turner, Albert Benjamin

Service Number H/1833 Death Date 1/12/1942

Place of Death HMAS Armidale (ship sunk)

Cause of Death escaped on raft, presumed


Born 20th October 1920 and living at 107 Campbell Street Hobart when he enlisted and was posted to HMAS Armidale.

On 11th June 1942 the ship was ordered to resupply and evacuate troops and civilians from Betano Bay , Timor .

Spotted by Japanese reconnaissance aircraft as they left Darwin , Armidale survived repeated air attacks but reached Betano too late to rendezvous with her sister ship Karu which had already made for open water. HMAS Armidale found Kuru 110 kilometres off Timor and the refugees were transferred to Castlemaine, which then returned to Darwin . Kuru and Armidale were ordered to continue the operation in daylight. Both came under further attack and Armidale was sunk.

The survivors, having been strafed by the attacking aircraft, constructed a makeshift raft to which they lashed a half-submerged and badly-damaged whaler. The wounded were put aboard a small motor boat that had survived the sinking. When it became clear they would not be rescued, the captain and 21 other men (two of whom died) made for Australian waters in the motor boat, rowing much of the way because the engine was damaged. Two days later, another 29 survivors began the same precarious journey in the whaler, by now salvaged but in need of constant baling.

The remaining survivors clung to the raft and awaited rescue. After harrowing journeys the men in the motor boat and whaler were picked up, but the men left on the raft disappeared without trace.

 RAAF planes sighted the raft on December 7 and 8, dropping food each time, but were unable to land because of rough water. When they returned on December 9, there was no trace of it.

Albert Benjamin Turner was one of 3 Tasmanians lost on the raft

Turner, Henry William

Service Number TX5825 Death Date 11/06/1943

Place of Death POW Malaya (Burma)

Cause of Death Cholera

Burial Thanbyuzayat War Cem


Turner, Robert Campbell

Service Number 408379 Death Date 20/12/1943

Place of Death Germany

Cause of Death Flying Battle

Burial Durnbach War Cemetery

Flt Sgt Robert Campbell Turner was born Willenhall Staffordshire England to Arthur Thomas and Louise Turner.  He was attached to the staff of the Launceston Examiner when he enlisted in the RAAF

His death is officially confirmed as happening over Germany in a flying battle. 

The Mercury 2 June 1947

Window Donated In Memory Of Son

To perpetuate the memory of her son, Robert Campbell Turner, who was killed over Germany on December 20, 1943, Mrs A. T. Turner donated a coloured window to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Launceston.


Tuttle, Maxwell Thomas

Service Number TX4690 Death Date 19/07/1942

Place of Death Egypt

Cause of Death Died from wounds

Burial El Alamein War Cemetery


Member of A.I.F.

Max Tuttle, a member of the A.I.F., one of the outstanding footballers Tasmania has produced in recent years, died of wounds overseas on July 19. This advice has been received by his sister, Mrs. H. Ruddock, of Sorell.

As a youth he came under notice when playing for the Hutchins School. He joined Cananore in 1932, and immediately came into prominence. He won a place in the Southern team against the North in his first year of senior football. In the next year he was selected to play in the carnival games at Sydney. He was regarded as one of the most accomplished rovers since Gorringe, and took a leading hand in many of Cananore's successes. Able to kick with either foot and having a good turn of speed, Tuttle was ideal as a rover and half-forward.

In 1936 he was captain and coach of the Sorell Club, but in 1937 and 1938 returned to Cananore and was awarded the Cananore Old Players' Association trophy for the best and fairest player in 1938. He was a good all-round cricketer and made many big scores in country games.

At the time of his enlistment he was licensee of the Pembroke Hotel, Sorell, and a member of the committee of the Sorell Hall.

The Mercury 31 July 1942

The Mercury 31 July 1942

TUTTLE.-Maxwell Thomas, died of wounds abroad, aged 29 years, eldest son of Thomas and Ethel Tuttle, Pembroke Hotel, Sorell, loved brother of Lois and Rex, and loved brother in-law of Harold Ruddock and loved friend of Cyril Iles. Greater love hath no man than that lie lay down his life for his country.

Tymms, Michael Justin

Service Number 4222324 Death Date 21/09/1943

Place of Death United Kingdom

Cause of Death Flying Accident

Burial RAF Cemetery Oxford N.Hinksey

The following is taken from TASMANIANS AT WAR IN THE AIR 1939-1945 with the kind permission of Brian Winspear   

Had he lived through the War, Michael would undoubtedly been in the medical profession.  His father ‘Tiny’ Tymms was one of five brothers, all doctors.  Michael’s own brother Brian was a doctor, and his daughter Kathy is a rheumatologist.   

Michael was born in Launceston in 1923 and went to Scotch College , Launceston and Geelong Grammar.  He joined the R.A.A.F. at 20 as an air gunner, and was on a training flight near Bicester, Oxon when the whole crew of the Wellington was killed when it inexplicably crashed.  

Just another of the many airmen killed in air accidents.


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