TURNBULL, William, R.

Known as: 
Billie
Rank: 
Able Seaman
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
D/JX 365991
Died : 
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
19
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Able Seaman William Turnbull was killed in Italy. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard.
 

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (ROH p3)  - Thurs. 20 July 1944

A/B W. R. Turnbull. R.N. (Commandos), son of Mrs. and the late Mr. C. Turnbull, of 4. Nixon Street, Newcastle. (C.M.F.*)
 
Sources
CWGC
Newcastle Evening Chronicle
British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
 
Notes
The CWGC list his unit as HMS Copra. This was a shore base in the UK responsible for the Pay and Records of RN personnel attached to Combined Operations. He was not serving there at the time of his death. It is this Archive's belief that he was involved in Operation Brassard but his Commando service needs to be verified through service record when available.
 
* CMF = Central Mediterranean Force.
 

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