A Mesopotamia Operations D.S.O. Group to Lieut. Col. Turner
A Great War Mesopotamia Operations D.S.O. Group of Nine Awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. B. Turner, Indian Army - Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with top slip-bar; India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (Captn., 13th Bl. Lcrs.); China 1900, no clasp (Capt., 13/Bengal Lcrs.); 1914-15 Star (Lt. Col., 13/Lncrs.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lt. Col.); Delhi Durbar 1911, silver; Jubilee 1935; Coronation 1937, these unnamed, mounted for wear, good very fine. Footnote: D.S.O. London Gazette 25 August 1917. M.I.D. London Gazette 10 April 1917; 2 November 1917; 15 April 1918. Alfred Granville Burne Turner was born in 1866, third son of General Sir Frank Turner, K.C.B., Royal Artillery. He was educated at Judde House Tonbridge, Felsted School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Devonshire Regiment in 1887, he transferred to the Indian Staff Corps in 1889. Appointed a Squadron Officer in the 13th Bengal Lancers in 1891. With them he served on the North West Frontier of India and then in China. Promoted to Captain in 1898; Major in 1905 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1913. During the Great War he served in Mesopotamia, 1 June 1916-12 October 1918. Was Commandant, Section of Defences, Tigris Lines of Communication. Graded as A.Q.M.G. until November 1917, then as A.A.G. (Class X). For his services in the war he was three times mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O. Lieutenant-Colonel Turner retired in September 1919. Latterly living in Little London, Sussex, he died on 20 September 1948. With copied gazette extracts and other research.