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Full Name: Hubert Sydney Turtill
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Hubert Sydney
Surname: Turtill
Also Known As:
  • Herbert Sidney Turtill
  • Jum
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.:
  • (T) 6959
  • 426516
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: London, England
First Known Rank: Sergeant
Occupation before Enlistment: Sheetworker
Next of Kin: Mrs Mabel Edith Turtill (wife), Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married, 2 children
Enlistment Address: Nelson Hotel, Bridge Street, St Helens, Lancashire, England
Military District: St Helens, Lancashire, England
Body on Embarkation: British Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: Royal Engineers
  • Western European
  • France
Military Awards:
  • Victory Medal
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
Last Unit Served: Royal Engineers, 422nd Field Company
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 9 April 1918
Age at Death: 38
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: IV. D. 6.
Obituary: Obituary: The Roll of Honour. Otago Daily Times , Issue 17331, 3 June 1918, Page 3
Biographical Notes:
  • Hubert Turtill was the husband of Mabel Edith Turtill (nee Hancock).
  • His sons, Ken Turtill (23089) and Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2. Alan was killed in the war and Ken was a POW
  • Listed on the New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1905-1906 Canterbury, Christchurch South as residing together with a Ethel Margaret and Astley William (carpenter) at Harman Street, Sydenham, Christchurch.
  • All Black in 1905
  • Toured the British Isles with the 1907-08 All Golds.
  • Played for the St Helens Rugby League Club in England from 1909 to 1914
Additional Information: Name spelled Herbert Sidney Turtill on the CWGC entry for Alan Turtill (20065)
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
  • England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941
  • New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1905-1906 Canterbury, Christchurch South
  • Guthrie, F. (1996). Index to New Zealanders who served in other forces during World War I. [microfiche]. Ringwood, Victoria: Guthrigg Genealogy.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • website All Blacks A to Z
  • Chester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa. (4th ed.)
  • Otago Daily Times (Otago)
  • Papers Past. Digital New Zealand Newspapers.
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