Turner, John

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Turner, John

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 9th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 12708

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: V. M. 6.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British War Medals & 15 Star

Date of Death: 12th May 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action 12th May 1917.

John first appeared on a census in 1881  living at Wright St, Sedgley, Stafford, England. His father Samuel was 41 and a Puddler. His mother Mary Ann was 34  and their children were James A,  12, Eliz. A 10, Eliza  8, Anne 6, Florence 4,  Samuel 2 and John 1.  The whole family had been born  in Sedgeley, Staffordshire.

The 1891 census shows the family still living in  28 Wright Street. Father,  Samuel was listed as an Iron Worker.  Mary Ann’s had given birth to more children.  Those listed were   Mary A  9, Ellen  7,  Henery  4, Ruth  3, John 11 and Samuel 13. Also in the house was Grandmother Eliza Nichols.

(NB. In 1891 Eliza 17 and  Florence 14 were “in service” at the home of a Pawnbroker, George H Cooper with his wife Harriet.  Brother James A. 22 and Eliz.A. 20 were not  listed).

On the 1911 census, John was at 1, Brook Road, Shotton as a Boarder. He was single, 32 and working at the Sheet Mill.  This census says that he was born in Bradley Bilston.  He was with the 5 members of the Heath Family and 2 other Boarders.

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he enlisted in Shotton and was born in Sydney Bridge, Staffordshire,

John’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was France and that he entered it on 19th July 1915.

John Turner in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his sister, Mrs. Eliza Ratcliffe who was paid £13. 13s 10d on the 20th October 1917 and his War Gratuity of £12. 10s 0d on the 12th October 1919

County Herald 28th June 1917 – In the lists of Dead & Wounded:- Died – Royal Welsh Fusiliers –Turner 12708 J. (Connah’s Quay)

John’s name is mentioned in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1918 Royal Welsh Fusiliers    Volume 28″.

John is remembered on the Hawarden War Memorial & St. Ethelwolds Church Roll of Honour.


John Turner’s grave in Vlamertinghe Cemetery near Ypres. Photograph taken 12th October 2013 by E & V Williams.



John Turner’s grave is next but one to another Flintshire soldier. Thomas Latham (grave with wreath) was from Northop Hall and has his own page on this website. Comrades in the RWF, John and Thomas died on the same day.


The cemetery in the nice little town of Vlamertinghe near Ypres. 12th October 2013
E and V Williams