Turquant, Aubrey de Vere Arnold

Acting Sergeant Aubrey De Vere Arnold Turquand
Acting Sergeant Aubrey De Vere Arnold Turquand

“Acting-Sergteant Aubrey de Vere Arnold Turquand was killed on June 13th, 1916. He was the only son of Mrs. McAllum [and Bernard Damer Turquand] of Toronto, and was of Canadian descent on both sides for several generations.

Sergt. Turquand was born Sept. 2nd, 1896, and entered the Preparatory in 1909, where he proved himself the best all-round athlete they possessed. In 1911 he went to Appleby College, Oakville, and there gained quite a reputation as a good, clean athlete before leaving at Christmas, 1914, to enlist. He had intended taking up law as his profession, but the war interfered.

In January, 1915, he joined the 35th Battalion and went overseas with a draft as a Corporal on Aug. 16th, being promoted to Sergeant on reaching Shorncliffe. On Oct. 23rd be went to France with reinforcements for the 3rd (Toronto) Battalion, as bombardier in the 1st Brigade Grenade Company.

He was wounded on April 16th slightly, but at Ypres, on June 13th, 1916, while going over a parapet, engaged in bombing work, he was struck by a shell and killed. He was buried in Ypres Churchyard, a cross being placed over his grave. He was not yet 20 years old.”

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 15

His body was not recovered after the war and so he is memorialized on the Menin Gate.

More information about Turquand can be found at:

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"