Lieutenant Albert Thomas Turrell


Unit : Headquarters, 1st Parachute Battalion

Army No. : 233563

Awards : Bronzen Kruis


Lieutenant Turrell commanded the 1st Battalion's 2nd Glider Party.


During the whole of the airborne operations at Arnhem 17th - 25th September, 1944, Lieutenant Turrell showed a high standard of leadership and initiative. He continually led small offensive patrols against enemy machine gun posts and snipers. In particular on 18th September, he accompanied Lieutenant Williams on a reconnaissance on a Jeep mounted with a Vickers machine gun. They went a mile out of the Battalion perimeter towards the Arnhem bridge, and in spite of heavy machine gun and mortar fire, they killed at least twenty Germans and gained most valuable information which later saved the Battalion heavy casualties. Throughout this Officer had no regard for his personal safety and his gallant example was an inspiration to all.


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