Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

James Henry (Harry) TURNER


Born: December, 1896

Birthplace: Richmond, Victoria

Parents: Father, William Turner
Mother, Catherine Quilliam. Previously married in New Zealand to Edward William Barclay.

Died: 28 April, 1953

Cause: Tuberculosis

Place of death: Heidelberg, Victoria

Burial place: Service Fawkner Crematorium; ashes collected

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


2nd Reinforcement, 21st Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 1778

Enlistment date: 27 April, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 19 years and 4 months

Address at enlistment: Rockbank, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Mrs Catherine Turner (nee Quillian), Mt Cottrell Road, Rockbank.

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 10 stones 5 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: scar on left knee, mole on right side of stomach.

Embarkation ship: HMAT Demosthenes A64.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 23 July, 1919

Return Vessel: Main.

Arrival at Australia: 11 October, 1919.At: Melbourne

Discharge Date: 10 February, 1920

War Service Summary

29/08/15 - Gallipoli,
26/03/1916 - Evacuated to Alexandria then to France
05/01/1917 - Transferred to England with bronchitis
12/09/1917 - Proceeded to France again
23/07/1918 - Wounded in action gassed
06/09/1918 - Transferred to England

27/11/1918 - Married Florence May Young, a 21 year old tram conductress of 37 Milner Street, Whitworth.

Constant illness including Broncho-Pneumonia had him in an out of military hospital until 23/07/1919 when he embarked on the Main bound for Melbourne.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife and children:
27/11/1918 - Married Florence May Young in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, while on extended furlough.
Olive Raoull
Warren Bruce
Laurence Maxwell

1933 - Divorced Florence in Melbourne

1934 - Married Florence May Leaney (26/06/1908-06/02/2005) in Melbourne
One more child

Place/s of residence:
1921-1928 - Melton Park, Melton
1933 - Drummond Street, Carlton (The Argus)


Date of death: 28/04/1953, in Heidelberg, Victoria, from tuberculosis .
Records at Fawkner Cemetery show that James Henry Turner's service was held on 29/04/1953 and that his remains were collected. Harry's second wife was also cremated, a service being held on 10 February, 2005, and her remains were also collected.

Private Edward Harold Barclay 2278 was a stepbrother.
James mother married William Turner at St. Kilda in 1892. She had previously married Edward William Barclay in New Zealand.

Additional Information

The Argus
Wednesday 15 August 1923 p 17

Share-farming Disagreement.
Judgment was given by Judge Moule in the County Court yesterday in the claim made by Victor Barclay, of Melton, by his next friend, James Henry Turner, of Melton Park, Melton, farmer, against his father Edward Henry Barclay, of Melton also a farmer Victor Barclay had sought the return of a cheque for 126/18/6 or alternatively that sum as damages for alleged illegal detention. He also claimed 123/10/- being the proceeds of the sale by Edward Barclay of 190 bags of oats, less 41 money expended, and labour supplied by the father.
The disagreement arose in connection with share- farming enterprise into which Victor Barclay had entered with Turner who is his uncle. Edward Barclay had assisted his son in working the land, and in taking off the crop. Victor Barclay alleged that his father had retained his share of the proceeds of the crop. The defence was that the son received the cheque as agent for the father.
Judge Moule gave judgment for Victor Barclay on the first claim, and directed that the cheque be returned to him by the Court. On the second claim, he gave judgment for Victor Barclay for 65/10/, with costs of the whole action. With regard to the judgment for 65/10/, Judge Moule granted a stay till March 1924. I have asked Mr Hogan to communicate to the plaintiff certain moral obligations under which I believe he is," concluded Judge Moule.
Mr Hogan (instructed by Messers Godfrey and Godfrey) appeared for Victor Barclay, and Mr Magennis (instructed by Messers Dugdale and Cerber) for Edward Barclay.

The Argus
Tuesday, October 17, 1933, p. 17

Three petitions for divorce were granted by Mr. Justice Macfarlan in the Practice Court yesterday as follow:
James Henry Turner, aged 36 years, of Drummond street, Carlton, labourer, from Florence May Turner, aged 35 years, formerly of Footscray, on the ground of desertion. The parties were married on November 27, 1918, at Rochdale, Lancashire. England, and there are four children.

The Argus
Wednesday 29 April 1953, p. 13

TURNER - The Funeral of the late Mr JAMES HENRY (Harry) TURNER will leave Taylors chapel, 81 Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, THIS DAY, after a service commencing at 1.30 p.m. for the Melbourne Crematorium, Fawkner (No flowers By request.)


Service Record
Nominal Roll