No.14095, Private, Fred TURNER
Aged 30

11th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday, 26th September 1915

Frederick Turner was born in Penge in 1884 (? Croydon Q4-1884 2A:272) son of William and Ann Elizabeth TURNER (née WEBB).

1891 census...Aged 6, he was at 33n Wordsworth Road, Penge, Croydon with his father William TURNER [30] a carpenter born in Terling, Essex; his mother Elizabeth [32] born in Dullingham; sister Emily [4] and brothers James [3] and Jack [6months]. All the children were born in Penge.

1901 census...Aged 16, an apprentice carpenter, he was in Station Road, Dullingham with his parents, sister Emily and brothers James and Jack

1911 census...He has not been positively identified in this census. It seems unlikely that he was in the Army as his number was in the band issued in 1914. His parents and brother Jack (worker on golf links) were at Eagle Lane, Dullingham

Enlisted in Wisbech.
He was presumed dead on 26th September 1915, the day 2 British Divisions were broken in the Battle of Loos. This battle was not one of the better British operations, understrength, insufficient ammunition for the artillery and what was there was often dud. Those troops who did actually make it to the enemy wire found it was uncut and they suffered badly for it.

There are 2034 names of those who fell on 26th September on the Loos Memorial (which forms the walls of the Dud Corner Cemetery) on the D943 road from Lens to Bethune. That is just the 2,034 who have no known grave. Many more are buried in the many cemeteries around the area.
Of the 82 from the 11th Essex that died, only one has an identified grave.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Frederick Turner is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner Cemetery, France panels 85-87

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