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  • Name: Alexander Buller TURNER
  • D.O.B: 22nd May, 1893
  • D.O.A: 28th September, 1915
  • D.O.D: 1st October, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) attached to the 1st Battalion

Fosse 8, near Haisnes, France 28 September 1915

28 September 1915

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The First World War 1915 

At 2.30am on 28 September 1915, 1st Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment attacked Fosse 8, a slagheap south of Auchy-les-Mines and close to the Hohenzollern Redoubt. Because of strong resistance the attack faltered about 70 yards from its goal. Second Lieutenant A B Turner then led a new bombing attack down a communication trench and drove the enemy back. His actions averted a great loss of life but he was shot in the stomach and died of his wounds.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on 28th September, 1915, at “Fosse 8,” near Vermelles. When the regimental bombers could make no headway in Slag Alley, Second Lieutenant Turner volunteered to lead a new bombing attack. He pressed down the communication trench practically alone, throwing bombs incessantly with such dash and determination that he drove back the Germans about 150 yards without a check. His action enabled the reserves to advance with very little loss, and subsequently covered the flank of his regiment in its retirement, thus probably averting a loss of some hundreds of men. This most gallant Officer has since died of wounds received in this action. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 November 1915. 18 November 1915, Numb. 29371, p. 11448

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