Quesques Churchyard

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

Quesques Churchyard contains one Commonwealth burial of the First World War, this is a private headstone.

Private TURNER, JAMES - Service Number 6899

Died 05/02/1918 Aged 23

23rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Son of Mrs. Emily Turner, of 99, Cremorne St., South Richmond, Victoria, Australia. Born at Ballarat, Victoria.


Private Turner was accidentally killed during musketry practise, shot through the eye, on the morning of the 5th February when, by mistake, live ammo was used instead of dummy cartridges.

According to an eye witness:

“The Cpl was showing him how to use the eye disc for aiming.  Turner fixed the disc in his eye as told, the Cpl fired, by mistake it was a live round,”


His comrades of A Co 23rd Battalion subscribed and a headstone of Belgian granite was erected.


Military Files

NAA Item Number 1920618 Turner
PDF – 10.5 MB
5542114 Turner
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5648593 Turner
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