Ephraim TURNER
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 43067
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 March 1918
Age: 33 (based on 1901 Census information)
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

It's understood that Ephraim's parents died when he was quite young and he, and his older sister Sarah, were brought up by their uncle and aunt, William and Hannah Turner of 30 Bamford Street, Stockport. The 1901 Census shows Ephraim, then 16, to be working as a cotton spinner.

On 26 December 1910, he married 24 year old Annie Mather at St Paul's Church, Portwood. His address at the time was 10 Epplestone Street. Annie lived nearby at 45 Victoria Street. In his psare time, Ephraim was a longstanding member of the Territorial force - the so-called Saturday Afternoon Soldiers - and was mobilised when War was declared. He served with one of the Battalions of the Lancashire Fusiliers, service number 468. Although it is not known which was his unit, it is likely that he saw action at Gallipoli.

It is probable that he was wounded at Gallipoli and, when he had recovered and was ready to return to duty, the Manchesters were in greater need of replacement troops and this will be why he was transferred. His service number suggests this was towards the middle of 1916 so he possibly joined the 16th as part of a draft of replacements for casualties incurred during the Battle of the Somme.

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