Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Aubrey De Vere Arnold Turquand

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Aubrey De Vere Arnold Turquand

June 13, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:
404483
Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Bertha McAllum (formerly Turquand), of 39, Spadina Rd., Toronto, and the late Bernard Damer Turquand.

Commemorated on Page 175 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Aubrey De Vere Arnold Turquand – Aubrey Turquand entered Appleby College in 1911.  He was the Head Prefect in 1914.  He was killed at Ypres in 1916.  In 2002 a delegation from the College's Cadet Corps visited the site of his memorial.  In the College Chapel a plaque commemorates Aubrey, reading in part, "And who before the age of 20 fulfilled to the uttermost the duties of a Canadian and a man."
  • Photo 2 of Aubrey de Vere Arnold Turquand – Aubrey Turquand shown in his Appleby School (sic) uniform.  He was the head prefect in 1914.   From the Appleby College archives
  • Photo of Cadet Corps – A delegation from his school's cadet Corps at the Menin Gate, August 2002.  Turquand's name is on the wall above them.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star for 23 October 1916, page 1.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Window – This stained glass window is in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, which was founded in 1830.   The church was originally located on Yonge Street in Thornhill Ontario.  It is now found at Jane and Brook Street, having moved there in 1950. The window was donated in memory of Aubrey De V. A. Turquand
  • Inscription – Turquand's name on the Menin Gate
  • Memorial – Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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