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Turner, Hanson Victor

Date of birth:
July 17th, 1910 (Andover/Hampshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:
June 7th, 1944 (Nighthoukong, Burma)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Imphal
Plot: 6. Row: B. Grave: 7.
Service number:
4624899
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Sergeant
Unit:
1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, 48th Indian Infantry Brigade, 17th Indian Infantry Division, British Indian Army
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1944
Citation:
"At Ningthoukong,in Burma, soon after midnight of 6th of June, 1944, an attack was made by a strong force of Japanese. Three out of four light machine-guns in Sergeant Turnerís platoon were destroyed and the platoon forced to give ground. Sergeant Turner, with coolness and fine leadership, at once reorganised his party and withdrew 40 yards.

When it was clear that the enemy were attempting to outflank the position, Sergeant Turner at once, boldly and fearlessly, went forward from his position alone, armed with all the hand grenades he could carry, and went into attack against the enemy single-handed. He used his weapons with devastating effect and when his supply was exhausted he went back for more and returned to the offensive again. During all this time the enemy were keeping up intense small arms and grenade fire.

Sergeant Turner in all made five journeys to obtain further supplies of grenades and it was on this sixth occasion still single-handed, while throwing a grenade among a party of the enemy, that he was killed. He displayed outstanding valour and had not the slightest thought for his own safety. He died on the battlefield in a spirit of supreme self-sacrifice."

Sergeant Turnerís Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at The Duke of Wellingtonís Regimental Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire, Groot-BrittanniŽ.
Hanson Victor Turner is buried at the Imphal War Cemetery, Burma.
Victoria Cross (VC)

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