TURNBULL, William, R.
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Roll of Honour:
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.* CMF = Central Mediterranean Force.
Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle (ROH p3) - Thurs. 20 July 1944A/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.
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