The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Harold Raymond
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Harold Herbert Turner
- Mothers's Name:
- Elizabeth Ellen Turner
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 25.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘E’ Force Borneo
- 4/6736 & 1944
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan No1 Camp
- Date of Death:
Harold Turner was the only son born to Harold Herbert Turner and Elizabeth Ellen Bapt who married 1911 in Maylands, Western Australia. Harold Turner (Snr) was born in SA and Elizabeth was born Broken Hill, NSW.
Harold Turner (Jnr) had three sisters.
Ray’s parents died in 1960 at Mt. Hawthorn, within months of each other. Harold was 75 years and Ray’s mother was 67 years.
When he enlisted Harold (jnr) was living with his parents at Palmerston Street, North Perth.
It was 3 months between the time of his enlistment 10th November 1941 until the 8th Division and the Allies capitulated 15th February1942. As a reinforcement he no doubt lacked training and experience as did many soldiers who enlisted in 1940.
To his incredible strength of character and integrity Harold Turner hung on to life and survived Sandakan until early May 1945. So many had fallen ill, had perished or were overcome by starvation and/or barbaric treatment by their guards; however Harold managed to remain alive for so long.
His feat is to be admired. We ask ourselves today, in this world, how would we have fared in the same conditions?
The greatest tragedy is of course he never came home to his family and loved ones.
We salute RayTurner.
Height 5′ 5″
TURNER, Private, HAROLD RAYMOND, WX17593, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 8 May 1945. Age 25. Son of Harold Herbert and Elizabeth Ellen Turner, of Perth, Western Australia. Panel 19.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia
See Gallery for Lubuan Memorial
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***
- Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak