Albert TURNER
Rank: Private
Number: 5572
Unit: 2nd Battalion EAST LANCASHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 4 July 1916
Age: 26
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France

Albert was the son of Mr & Mrs J W Turner who were living in Manchester when he was born but later moved to the Shaw Heath area of Stockport, where they lived at 57 Florist Street. Albert was not living in the local area when war was declared. He had married Elizabeth sometime previously and was living in Plympton, Devon. After the War, Elizabeth's address was 2 Priory Villa, Underwood, Plympton, but it's not known if this was the home she shared with Albert.

Albert enlisted at Ashton under Lyne, no doubt at the territorial drill hall of the Manchester Regiment. His low service number suggests that he was probably a regular soldier or a reservist recalled to the army when war was declared in August 1914. It is probable, therefore, that he was visiting his parents when he received the orders to return to duty. Assuming this to be correct, he will have gone overseas with the Battalion in November 1914.

It was noted in his newspaper obituary that he had received four minor wounds in the course of his service before receiving the injuries from which he would die. It is not known exactly when he was wounded but it was about six weeks before he died. The Regimental History records that the Battalion was in the trenches between 19 and 25 May 1916 and then went into billets at Estaires. "On the 30th, the Battalion marched to billets at the Pont du Ham and, on the march, ten men were wounded by a long-range shell, which burst on the road". It is very possible that this was the incident in which Albert was wounded.

He had been wounded, presumably by shrapnel, in 12 places and it was necessary for the surgeons to amputate his leg. He was in a military hospital at Abbeville when he developed blood poisoning and died. The chaplain later wrote to Elizabeth "almost to the last, he had a friendly smile of welcome for me".

   
           
   
     
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