Turnbull, John Hugh Stephenson

Date of birth:
January 10th, 1916 (Montrose/Angus, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
June 26th, 2004 (Comrie/Perthshire, United Kingdom)
Service number:
72893
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
No.1 Commando, Combined Operations
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Torch
Action:
In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa.
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As an Acting Captain attached to No.1 Commando, he took part in the Allied invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch, in 1942. The task of 1 Commando was to turn the enemy's sea flank, cut their communications and force their withdrawal. Within 3 days they were in control of many strategic coastal roads. During one part of the operation, Turnbull was ordered to withdraw his section after a fierce engagement. To do this he had to lead his men, some of whom were wounded, through a curtain of intense fire. Having personally extricated one man and moved him to relative safety, he discovered that another was missing and went back, found him and brought him to cover. More than 20 soldiers were recommended for decorations and Turnbull was awarded the Military Cross.
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
No.1 Commando, Combined Operations
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1945
Military Cross (MC)
Action:
In recognition of Gallant and Distinguished service in Burma.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
No.1 Commando, Combined Operations
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1946
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
December 29th, 1949
Officer ot the Venerable Order of Saint John (OStJ)
Commander to the Venerable Order of Saint John (CStJ)

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