Rank: Second Lieutenant
Year of death: 1916
Date of birth:
Date of death: 17/7/1916
Place of death: Killed in action
Regiment: 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regimant
Cemetery location: Section J
Buried in La Laiterie Cemetery and remembered on Scarborough Cricket Club Memorial and on the Scouts National Roll of Honour
William was the son of Henry and Fanny Turnbull, who followed his father into the legal profession and was a solicitor. The family home was 13 Grosvenor Road, Scarborough. When war broke out he joined the 5th Yorks as a private but was later granted a commission. He was wounded, and in June 1915 the Scarborough Pictorial printed an interesting account of his experiences, naming other Scarborough men and a Scarborough doctor, Dr Libbey, who treated him.
Lieutenant Turnbull had been a Scout Master with the 4th Scarborough Troop (Holy Trinity) and had organised numerous camps. He was formerly honorary secretary to The RSPCA and was described as being a churchman of fine Christian character.
He was killed by shell fire on 17/7/1916 aged 37.