Rank: Fourth Engineer Officer
Service Number:N/A.
Regiment: S.S. "Belgian" (Liverpool) Mercantile Marine
Killed Thursday 24th May 1917
Age 21
FromNorth Shields.
County Memorial Unknown
Commemorated\Buried Tower Hill Memorial
CountryUnited Kingdom

George's Story.

Birkenhead News  02 June 1917


Victim of Torpedo Attack.

We regret to announce that George Turnbull, aged 21 years, the second son of Mr. George Turnbull, of 53, Devonshire Road, Birkenhead, was killed on the 24th May by an explosion following the torpedoing of the ship of which he was fourth engineer. At the time of the explosion Mr. Turnbull was “on watch.” The deceased received his education at Claughton Higher Grade School, and subsequently was a student at Liverpool Institute. He was serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Gordon Alison, engineers, when about two years ago a junior engineer was required to complete a crew for a transport. After being on the vessel three months he was promoted to third engineer, which position he held until Christmas when he came home on leave. The hard work he had gone through affected Mr. Turnbull’s health, and he remained at home under medical treatment until March, when he secured the position of fourth engineer in the vessel in which he lost his life. His fellow engineers speak very highly of him. He celebrated his 21st birthday at sea on the 14th April. The late engineer’s father is a ship’s surveyor and work’s manager with the Ocean Steamship Company.