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Remembering our World War One heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:19 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:10 25 August 2010

FINAL RESTING PLACE: Alfred Turrell’s grave.

FINAL RESTING PLACE: Alfred Turrell’s grave.

More than 15 million people were killed in World War One, including 9.7 million military personnel and approximately 6.8 million civilians.

MEMORIES: Maude as a baby being held by her mother and standing is her auntie Poppy.

More than 15 million people were killed in World War One, including 9.7 million military personnel and approximately 6.8 million civilians.

The Allies lost 5.7 million soldiers and the Central Powers approximately 4 million. Rifleman Alfred Thomas Turrell, is buried of the 10th battalion of the rifle brigade died on June 22, 1917 and was buried in the Noreuil Australian Cemetery.

However it is not known how he came to be buried with Australian soldiers. The area near Bapaume and Noreuil was the scene of fierce battle between the Germans and the Australians, beginning on April 15, 1917.

The cemetery was opened in April 1917 and was used until the following December (1918). Approximately 200 soldiers are buried there. Of these nearly 30 are unidentified soldiers. 82 graves were destroyed by shell fire and are now represented by a special memorial.

When fighting troops were separated from their regiment they often formed groups between themselves and this could be one of the reasons Turrell was buried there.

The 10th battalion of the Rifle Brigade was formed at Winchester in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 59th Brigade in 20th (Light) Division.

It moved to Blackdown, going on in February 1915 to Witley and then in April to Hamilton Camp in Stonehenge.

On July, 21 1915, the battalion landed at Boulogne and on February 5, 1918 they were disbanded at La Clytte in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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