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Full Name: Kenneth Sydney Turtill
Rank Last Held: Captain
Forename(s): Kenneth Sydney
Surname: Turtill
Also Known As: Ken
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 23089
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 20 February 1914
Place of Birth: England
First Known Rank: Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment: Schoolmaster
Next of Kin: Mrs M.E. Turtill (mother), 88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 88 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Military District: Hamilton
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 24 Infantry Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 485
Wounds and Diseases: Wounded 22 July 1942
POW Action prior to Capture: Went to reconnoitre in the dark during the attack on the El Mreir depression and was wounded and taken prisoner
POW Date of Capture: 22 July 1942
POW Place of Capture: El Mreir
POW Camps:
  • Italy July 1942-June 1943
  • PG 47
  • Germany after June 1943
POW Liberation Date: March 1945
Last Unit Served: 24 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: New Zealand
Date of Death: 2000
Year of Death: 2000
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Sergeant Hubert Sydney Turtill, Royal Engineers (killed in action in France, 9th April, 1918), and of Mabel Edith Turtill (nee Hancock) of Takapuna, Auckland, husband of Margaret Isobel (nee Upton)Turtill, whom he married in 1948
  • Brothers Ken (23089) and Alan Turtill (20065) served in WW2. Alan was killed in the war and Ken was a POW
  • Turtill had become Adjutant to Colonel Greville when Captain J Reynolds was wounded at the end of June 1942.
NZETC: New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
Further References:
  • Merry Christmas from the Front. (2006-2007). MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Summer: December 2006 - February 2007. Issues 109 p. 23-4. Extracts from letters written by Kenneth (1942, 1943) held in the collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
  • Burdon, R. (1959). Photo of Captain K. S. Turtill
  • Burdon, R. (1959). p.114
  • Fortune, G. and Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia.
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