5/10/1914-  To Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment as Trooper then Promoted CORPORAL
5/11/1914- Promoted Sergeant W.A.
4/03/1915- To Overseas Base Depot Egypt ex Australia
16/05/1915- Embarked Alexandria Egypt with Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces for Gallipoli Peninsula
16/07/1915- Promoted SECOND LIEUTENANT in the field Anzac Gallipoli
7/08/1915- Killed in Action at The Nek,Walkers Ridge, Anzac, Gallipoli

 

ACTION AT THE NEK, WALKERS RIDGE, ANZAC, GALLIPOLI

The ill-conceived, heroic, and fateful assault in 2 lines on the Turkish trenches at THE NEK Gallipoli took place on 7 August 1915. The attack was launched in an Easterly direction from the Australian trenches on Russells Top.
Not one  of the 10th Light Horse Regiment troops actually reached the Turkish trenches with 37 men being Killed in Action
Turnbull was in the company of 4 other South West men who lost their lives in this action (  718 – Davis, R. D. Trpr,  170 – McAliece, E.  Sgt,  147 – Snudden, W. J. Trpr,  143 – White,  E. J. Trpr )

 

Service Medals Awarded

1914/15 Star – N0. 7561

British War Medal – No. 9180

Victory Medal – No. 9132

Commemorative Plaque/Scroll – No. 356520

 

Memorial Inscriptions

Dardanup War Memorial WA

Esperance War Memorial, Western Australia.

Perth War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT Panel No. 8.

 

Burial Location

Ari Burnu Cemetery Anzac Gallipoli – Row E,  Grave No. 16.

 

Alexander Phipps TURNBULL  was born in Dardanup W.A., being Grandson of  Sir James Lee- Steere.  Alexander went to Hale School then Perth High School and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1907.  He then went to Merton College, Oxford University in England to study Law.  Phipps, as he was then known, was a keen sportsman, representing  Oxford in Rowing and Football.  During his tenure at Oxford, Phipps served with  King Edward’s Horse Regiment for 3 years, before graduating in Jurisprudence ( Law ) in 1910,  with First Class Honours.

Phipps was admitted to the Bar in England in 1911.  He later returned to Western Australia to  practice as a Barrister/Solicitor with the Perth Law Firm, Parker and Parker.

Alexander Phipps TURNBULL enlisted for War Service on 5 October 1914, before transfer to the action at Gallipoli where he was tragically killed at The NEK, Walkers Ridge, Anzac, Gallipoli on 7 August 1915.