A Great War D.S.O. group of four to Lieutenant Colonel D.R.Turnbull, Gordon Highlanders and Manchester Regiment, Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (2.Lieut D.R.Turnbull Gord:Highrs); British War and Victory Medal with MID oakleaf (Lt.Col.D.R.Turnbull.); Memorial Plaque (Dudley Ralph Turnbull). Together with Memorial Scroll and medals slips, newspaper cuttings, letter etc.
Lot 116
A Great War D.S.O. group of four to Lieutenant Colonel D.R.Turnbull, Gordon Highlanders and Manchester Regiment, Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (2.Lieut D.R.Turnbull Gord:Highrs); British War and Victory Medal with MID oakleaf (Lt.Col.D.R.Turnbull.); Memorial Plaque (Dudley Ralph Turnbull). Together with Memorial Scroll and medals slips, newspaper cuttings, letter etc.
Sold for £5,640 (US$ 9,372) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Great War D.S.O. group of four to Lieutenant Colonel D.R.Turnbull, Gordon Highlanders and Manchester Regiment, Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R. in silver-gilt and enamel; 1914 Star (2.Lieut D.R.Turnbull Gord:Highrs); British War and Victory Medal with MID oakleaf (Lt.Col.D.R.Turnbull.); Memorial Plaque (Dudley Ralph Turnbull). Together with Memorial Scroll and medals slips, newspaper cuttings, letter etc.
Lot Details
A Great War D.S.O. group of four to Lieutenant Colonel D.R.Turnbull, Gordon Highlanders and Manchester Regiment,

Footnotes

  • D.S.O. London Gazette 1.12.1914.

    Lieutenant Colonel Dudley Ralph Turnbull Gordon Highlanders attached Manchester Regiment was born on 15.10.1891 and was son of Colonel and Mrs Turnbull of Whiteways, near Farnham. He was educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst. He was gazetted into the Gordon Highlanders on 13.3.1912 and went to France with them on 13.8.1914. He fought at Mons and Cambrai, and took part in the retreat, the battalion having only five others and about 120 men left. When the 1st Battalion was reformed Second Lieutenant Turnbull was placed in charge of the machine-gun section, and shortly afterwards was awarded the D.S.O. "for conspicuous gallantry on October 13th 1914, in serving his Maxim Gun when the detachment were all wounded, until he also was wounded in two places and his gun damaged by a shell. He subsequently recovered the gun, bringing it away on his shoulder". He was sent home wounded and after recovery returned to duty with his battalion in France. During the winter of 1914-15 he served in the trenches in the Ypres salient, and eventually he was sent home suffering from bronchitis and pneumonia. In a short time he was again sent to France, returning to the Ypres salient. He was promoted Captain, dated October 1st 1915, and was appointed to the Staff in 1916. While on Staff duty he received a message to proceed to the 2nd Battalion of his regiment, which was heavily engaged, and a few minutes after his arrival at their position was informed that the C.O. had been killed, and he assumed the command of the battalion, which he held for some months. He was sent for short periods to command temporarily the Devon and Border Regiments. He was gazetted brevet major for disinguished service in the field, 1917. His next appointment was that of Commandant of a Divisional School of Instruction. He afterwards acted on the Divisional Staff till appointed temporary Lieutenant Colonel of the Manchester Regiment of which regiment he was in command when he was killed in action on 1.10.1917, while the battalion was holding a difficult position in the front line. He was three times mentioned in despatches. He was a keen Rugby player and before the war was a member of the London Scottish. He is buried at Buttes New British Cemetry, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Lot also comes with a portrait miniature of him in uniform.
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