b. 17/01/1900 Thatcham, Berkshire. d. 07/08/1972 Ditchingham, Norfolk.
Victor was born in Reading in Berkshire, the son of Charles Turner of the Royal Berkshire Regiment and his wife, Jane Elizabeth (formerly Buller). He was the younger brother of Second Lieutenant Alexander Buller Turner VC and has a family connection with General Sir Redvers Buller VC. He lived at Thatcham House before moving to Suffolk after the war. He was 42 years old, and a temporary lieutenant colonel in The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own), British Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 27 October 1942, at El Aqqaqir (Kidney feature), Western Desert, Egypt, during the Second Battle of El Alamein, Lieutenant Colonel Turner was commanding a battalion of the Rifle Brigade. After overcoming a German position, the battalion fought off desperate counter-attacks by 90 tanks, destroying or immobilising more than 50 of them. During the action, one of the 6-pounder guns was left with only one officer and a sergeant, so Colonel Turner joined them as loader, and between them they destroyed another five tanks. Not until the last tank had been repulsed did he consent to having a wound in his head attended to.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL GREEN JACKETS MUSEUM, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE.
BURIAL PLACE: ST MARYS CHURCH, DITCHINGHAM, NORFOLK (ASHES INTERRED). .
Victor Buller Turner's medals on display at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Hampshire.
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Memorial Stone in Thatcham
Rifle Brigade Memorial, Winchester