Melanie Shoobridge reading information Cecil Turner wearing World War One uniform.

“…their sacrifice is our gift of life.”

Melanie Shoobridge, of Tasman District High School, chose to research her Great-Great-Grandfather, Cecil Edward Turner, from her maternal line, for the Frank MacDonald Memorial Study Tour.

What  drew Melanie to researching the life of Cecil Turner was that little was known about his life before and during World War One.  Initially all Melanie could find was facts, dates, and the times that his name would be projected at the Australian War Memorial.

Through research, Melanie sought to give Cecil the recognition that he deserves for his courage in the War. Melanie has endeavoured to share Cecil’s tragic story of war so that it is not forgotten.

Read Melanie Shoobridge's research report about Cecil Turner.