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Fonds F0132 - John Allen Turner fonds

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John Allen Turner fonds


  • 1950-2018 (Creation)

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30 cm textual records
9 photographs

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Biographical history

John Allen Turner was born in Central Butte, Saskatchewan on December 7, 1927. As a result of the onset of the Korean War, he volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Navy on October 10, 1950. He served as a member of Naval Aviation as an Aviation Technician. He was assigned to a number of ships including the Shearwater, Bonaventure, Cornwallis, Stadacona, Quebec, Naden, and Magnificent. The greater part of his service was spent on the Shearwater. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Navy contingent that marched in the parade at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1950 and received a medal marking his attendance at that event. In 1958, while on leave in Halifax, he met and married Emma Bartel, a marriage that lasted 57 years. During his career in the Navy, John rose to the rank of CP02. John retired from the Navy in 1975 and he and his wife moved to Calgary where they remained until his death on November 22, 2017 at age 89.

Archival history

Material donated in two accessions to the Naval Museum of Alberta from Emma Turner: NMA2019.011 on April 25, 2019; NMA 2019.013 on August 26 2019.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Naval Museum of Alberta

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Scope and content

The collection consists of personal records, training materials, post-retirement material and a number of naval newsletters and publications related to the military career of John Allen Turner. Predominant date range is 1950-1975

The collection is divided into the following series:
1. Active service related records
2. Training and regulatory materials
3. Naval newsletters and publications

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Appraisal complete. July 2019 (JN)


Further accruals are possible.

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Good. No issues.

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The Naval Museum of Alberta has associated artifacts for John A. Turner - accession #s NMA2019.011 & NMA2019.013.

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Fonds processed by Yvonne Hinks, March 2019




Archivist's note

This AtoM record created by Jason Nisenson, November 2019.

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  • Shelf: EW 3-4-1