Edward Harold Turner





Aug 2, 1887

Born at Ockham, Surrey England


Nov 11, 1914

Shown on payroll of the 21st Battalion on arriving from Ottawa


Nov 18, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60009 (temporary number 1043)

Ø      Next of kin given as Edgar Frank Turner (brother) of Russell Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brick Setter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company (later moved to "C" Company, No 11 Platoon

For some reason he lied about his age,stating that he had been born August 2, 1891, not the actual year of 1887 

Jan 7, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Military Hospital with Scarlet Fever


Feb 12, 1915

Discharged from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec 



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 30, 1915                        Died of wounds received in action


 Ridge Wood Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

                                    Below is the December 30, 1915 page from the 21st Battalion War Diary




Aug 23, 1917

Address for brother Frank changed to PO Box 116, William St., Westboro Ontario


Sep 15, 1920

Memorial Cross (sometimes referred to as the Silver Cross) sent to mother, Mrs S. Turner, at Chatley Telegraph, Cobham, Surrey, England


Dec 31, 1920

Death Plaque (commonly known as the Dead Man’s Penny) sent to father, John Turner, at Chatley Telegraph, Cobham, Surrey, England


Apr 30, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mr John Turner Esq. at Chatley Telegraph, Cobham, Surrey, England


Apr 25, 1922

Scroll sent to father, John Turner, at Chatley Telegraph, Cobham, Surrey, England 

Back row L-R Jackson, Prescott, Sheppard
Centre row Brown, Williams, Clement
Front row Collins, Johnson, Logan, Kirby, Turner

This photo was taken in front of the Kingston Armouries and shows the "C" Coy No 11 Platoon soccer team.  Edward Turner is seated in the front, extreme right


The above photo first appeared in The Communiqué August 1973 and I want to thank Bob Frost for supplying an original copy to be reproduced here.




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