Arthur TURNER
Rank: Acting Bombardier
Number: 54409
Unit: 36th Siege Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 5 November 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

John and Ellen Turner lived for many years at Old Road, Heaton Norris, with their six children. Arthur is believed to have been  their second child and only son. Before he enlisted into the army at Stockport, he worked in the cotton mill of Carrington Mills Ltd, Newbridge Lane, Stockport.

The Siege Batteries fired the heaviest weapons in the British arsenal and were situated some way behind the front line. The range of their guns would have been around 9 kilometres and, towards the end of October 1917, 36th Battery was shelling enemy positions around Terhand and Molenhoek, some 12 kilometres east of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). The weight and size of the shells meant that firing was slow but they were getting off about eight per hour. They were supporting the infantry attacks that were the Third Battle of Ypres and firing had been underway for several hours – more or less round the clock.

On 24 October, the German long-range artillery targeted the Battery and opened fire. The Battery’s War Diary records that the wireless was destroyed and five men were wounded. This suggests that Arthur was probably a signaller, working in the signal dug-out at the time. He was evacuated first to a field hospital some miles away and then to the more permanent facilities of a military base hospital at Rouen, where he died several days later.

   
           
   
     
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