Turner, Victor Buller

Date of birth:
January 17th, 1900 (Thatcham/Berkshire, Great Britain)
Date of death:
August 7th, 1972 (Ditchingham/Suffolk, Great Britain)
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel
The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Army
Awarded on:
November 20th, 1942
"For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 27th October, 1942, in the Western Desert.
Lieutenant-Colonel Turner led a Battalion of the Rifle Brigade at night for 4,000 yards through difficult country to their objective, where 40 German prisoners were captured. He then organised the captured position for all-round defence; in this position he and his Battalion were continuously attacked from 5.30 a.m. to 7 p.m., unsupported and so isolated that replenishment of ammunition was impossible owing to the concentration and accuracy of the enemy fire.
During this time the Battalion was attacked by not less than 90 German tanks which advanced in successive waves. All of these were repulsed with a loss to the enemy of 35 tanks which were in flames, and not less than 20 more which had been immobilised.
Throughout the action Lieutenant-Colonel Turner never ceased to go to each part of the front as it was threatened. Wherever the fire was heaviest, there he was to be found. In one case, finding a solitary six-pounder gun in action (the others being casualties) and manned only by another officer and a Sergeant, he acted as loader and with these two destroyed 5 enemy tanks. While doing this he was wounded in the head, but he refused all aid until the last tank was destroyed.
His personal gallantry and complete disregard of danger as he moved about encouraging his Battalion to resist to the last, resulted in the infliction of a severe defeat on the enemy tanks. He set an example of leadership and bravery which inspired his whole Battalion and which will remain an inspiration to the Brigade."
Lieutenant Colonel Turnerís Victoria Cross is publicly displayed at The Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Great Britain.
Victor Buller Turner, St.Faith's Crematorium, Norwich.
Memorial at St.Mary's Chuchyard, Ditchingham, Great Britain.
Victoria Cross (VC)
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1966
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)