Walter Joseph Turner
195301, Acting Bombardier Walter Joseph Turner, age 34
208th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 18 August 1917
Acting Bombardier 195301, 208th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 18/08/1917. Age 34.
The son of Walter Turner & his wife Sarah Ann nee Balmforth. Born in Chelsea 4 December 1882, the eldest of five children. Husband of Amelia Catherine nee Plant of 72 Quilter Road, Felixstowe. Amelia was living at St Elio, 45 Constable Road when she died in 1941.
Walter was a builder’s surveyor before the war. He had married Amelia in July 1907 and they lived at Woodside, 70 Constable Road, Felixstowe. Walter enlisted in December 1915 and was posted to France in 1916 where he was attached to the Royal Garrison Artillery Headquarters.
In 1917 Walter was slightly wounded but recovered and returned to duty. He was appointed Acting Bombardier a month before he died. During the Battle of Langemarck near Ypres, Walter was severely wounded and later died at the 133rd Field Ambulance, a mobile front line medical unit on August 18, 1917 aged 35.
He is buried at Voormezeele Enclosures Nos. 1 and 2 in Belgium. Walter is commemorated on his wife’s headstone in St Peter and St Paul graveyard and on Felixstowe Seafront Memorial.
Walter's youngest brother Arthur joined the 180th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery in November 1915 and was also Acting Bombardier (66920) when he was killed in action 03/02/1917. He is buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium.
Royal Garrison Artillery
Grave at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground