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ID number P07583.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Colour - Print hand-coloured black & white
Maker Unknown (Photographer)
Place made Australia
Date made c 1933


Studio portrait of John James Samuel Turnbull, Naval Reserve, of Brisbane, Qld. On 16 September 1934, 20401 Stoker (Sto)Turnbull enlisted in the RAN. During the Second World War he survived the sinking of HMAS Waterhen off Salum, Egypt, on 29 June 1941. HMAS Waterhen had been ferrying supplies and reinforcements to troops who were under siege at Tobruk. After returning to Australia, Sto Turnbull was posted to HMAS Perth. On 1 March 1942 he was taken prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese following the sinking of the Perth by Japanese destroyers during the Battle of Sunda Strait. Sto Turnbull's two brothers, QX22722 Private (Pte) Kenneth Turnbull and QX23514 Pte William Turnbull, both of 2/26 Battalion, were also taken prisoner in Java. All three worked together on the Burma Thailand Railway and were later selected for a work party to be transferred to Japan. They were killed when the Japanese prison ship in which they were travelling, the Rakuyo Maru, was sunk by the United States Navy submarine USS Pampanito on 12 September 1944. Sto Turnbull was aged 32, Pte William Turnbull 27, and Pte Kenneth Turnbull 23.