TURNBULL, William, R.

Known as: 
Able Seaman
Royal Navy
D/JX 365991
Died : 
Saturday, June 17, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Local Roll of Honour: 

Able Seaman William Turnbull during operations at Elba [1][2]. At the time of his death RN Commandos were involved in the operation to liberate the enemy held island of Elba, codenamed Operation Brassard [3].

Extract from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 
"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.*)" [4].

[1] CWGC
[2] Registers of Deaths of Naval Ratings / National Archives file ADM104/138.
[3] The Beachhead Commandos author A. Cecil Hampshire.
[4] Newcastle Evening Chronicle (ROH p3)  - Thurs. 20 July 1944
[4] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.

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.

Primary Roll of Honour: 

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