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Donald Yuill Turnbull

On 05 Jun 1943 Donald was killed in the crash of a Wellington bomber while doing doing a training flight. He was a Royal Canadian Air Force, Flight Sergeant Navigator attached to 612 Squadron Royal Air Force.

The aircraft was returning from training and while in the landing circuit the left engine failed at low altitude leading to the aircraft crashing and catching fire. Donald was subsequently promoted to the rank WO2. He was buried in England and a memorial was placed in Lakeside Cemetery in Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

Next year is the 75th anniversary of the crash. There is a get together of surviving family at the grave site in England.

Donald grew up in Leamington, Ontario, Canada along with his family. His father was James Grant Turnbull and mother Edith Mytrle Leckie. His father was a doctor and had been born in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada. He had 2 brothers and 2 sisters who survived him. His brothers names – Neil James Turnbull and John Glenwood Turnbull. His sisters names Katherine Agnes Turnbull and Helen Jean Turnbull (married Wallace Wigle Newland).

Any relatives that are interested in details please contact Tom Jerrard via email located on

Tom Jerrard


Sandford Orcas Jerrard Manor House

Jerrard Book Page 2

In 1912 a book titled “The Jerrard Family And Its Chideock Branch” was written by Frederick Bartholomew Joseph Jerrard. F.B.J. Jerrard was a Chideock Jerrard. A major contributor to the book was Alfred William Gerrard, a Beaminster Gerrard. The author wrote the following on page 2.


In 1912 a book titled “The Jerrard Family And Its Chideock Branch” was written by Frederick Bartholomew Joseph Jerrard. F.B.J. Jerrard was a Chideock Jerrard. A major contributor to the book was Alfred William Gerrard, a Beaminster Gerrard.

On Page 3 the author describes some Origins And Traditions. One of those he describes as follows: “As to the second tradition, a member of the Sandford Orcas family was undoubtedly executed for conspiracy -vide “Clarendon” and a pamphlet in the British Museum entitled “A true and impartial relation of the death of Mr. J[ohn]. Gerhard who was beheaded on Tower Hill, July 10th, 1654.” [[Pamphlet now located at the British Library.]]

“This John “Gerhard” was the eldest son, (Visitation Of London 1634) of Nicholas Jerard of London, who was, (Visitation of Somerset 1623, p.4) a son of Robert Jerard of Samford Orcas”.

“There is little doubt as to the identity of this John, as in his dying speech on the scaffold he forgave his brother Charles but one authority at least describes him as first cousin of Lord Gerard of Brandon.”

Current research shows that this “tradition” is wrong. It appears, from secondary sources, that John Gerhard did have brothers Charles and Gilbert and a cousin who was Lord Gerard of Brandon. It would have been interesting to our family to have been connected with this John Gerhard but this is not to be. F.B.J. Jerrard’s book is not materially affected by having this information clarified, however, a shadow is cast over “family traditions” and we must be much more circumspect when citing “family traditions” as prima facia proof that a fact or facts must be true.


Wageman’s Picture

On page 8 of the 1912 Jerrard Book is a reference to a picture by T. Wageman (T.C. Wageman). This reference labelled 1390 and noted by A.W.G. (Alfred Wilder Gerrard) is quoted as follows:

“It is interesting to see a shield bearing the arms of the Jerrards of Sandford Orcas depicted in T. Wageman’s picture of “The Expedition of the Knights of France and England to Africa under thd Duke of Bourbon, 1390.””

T.C. Wageman was an artist living in the mid 1800s and was probably known to Paul Jerrard of London an artist himself.

I have yet to see this picture, however, I did find an “Illustration” of this exact scene located in:


Sir John Froissart’s Chronicles of England, France and The Adjoining Countries, form the latter part of the reign of EdwardII to the coronation of Henry IV

To Which is Added Some Account of the Manuscript of His Chronicle in the Elizabethian Library at Breslau and A Complete Index.

Newly translated from the best French Editions, with Variations and Additions from many celebrated Manuscripts.

By Thomas Johnes, Esq

At the Hafod Press MDCCCIII

British Library Shelfmark HLL942.037 etc

Plate IV of the book is the picture of interest to us. It is highly coloured and on opposite page a description of the setting and comments on the historical accuracy of the figures, banners and shield depicted. Sadly the shield of interest to the Jerrard readers is clearly not of Sampford Orcas. The shield depicted by Froissart is black background with gold outline and chevron and gold ‘stars’ where the ermine spots of the Jerrard coat are usually displayed. There is no other shield, displaying arms, that even closely resembles the Jerrard arms.

One is left to conclude that the Wageman picture referred to in the JBook is or was a modern day, liberally interpreted, painting commissioned by Jerrard’s unknown, having the Jerrard arms substituted into the painting, possibly replacing the above mentioned shield.