Private James Turbitt

 

James Turbitt was born on 23 November 1891 at Urcher, Kilmore, County Monaghan, the seventh of eleven children of National School teacher David Turbitt and his wife Mary Jane (nee Wylie).

Turbitt enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Monaghan on 8 April 1910 (No.506). He stated that he was a farmer. He embarked for France on 20 August 1914 with C Squadron, seeing action in the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 8 October 1915 Turbitt was injured in the knee by a kick from a horse. He was treated at No.17 Casualty Clearing Station at Remy Siding and then admitted to the Australian Hospital at Wimereux. By November he was well enough to resume active service, and he was posted to A Squadron at Blendecques near St Omer.

On 7 April 1916 Turbitt's period of engagement expired and he elected to accept a discharge from the army. His military record was marked as "very good".

 

At least one of Turbitt's six brothers served during the war. David Turbitt was killed on 1 July 1916 on the Somme while serving with the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

 

Turbitt's medals, recently sold online