Private Alexander Turnbull

Private Alexander Turnbull, 5th ( Service ) Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He was killed in action, aged 24, on the 3rd May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of William and Elizabeth Turnbull of 65 Canongate, Jedburgh. He had originally enlisted in the Lovat Scouts and went with them to Gallipoli landing at Suvla Bay in September 1915. He contracted Typhus and was evacuated home. Upon recovery he was posted to the 1st/4th Camerons in France before transferring to the 5th Battalion. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He fell in the fighting near the infamous Chemical Works which only caused heavy casualties in both Officers and Other Ranks. A comrade sent his family a letter, two photos and his identity disc.

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