James Henry TURNER
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 4198
Unit: B Company, 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 August 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Jim Turner was born in Stockport and worked for Thomas Kay Ltd, until he enlisted into the army in March 1915. He was married to Gertrude Elizabeth and they lived at 20 Turncroft Lane with their one child.

Jim had only been on active service for a month and his death is something of a mystery.

Newspaper reports indicate that he was attached to a Battalion of the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment when he was killed. This is thought to be the 1/5th Battalion which records that, on 23 July, a draft of 87 men from the Cheshires joined them via the South Lancashire Regiment. These were, almost certainly a group of newly trained men who were diverted, as the Kings Own Battalion was in greater need of men. However, on 3 August that unit was in the north of the Somme battlefield and a significant distance from where Jim must have been killed.

The newspaper report may have been in error, but the Cheshires' own War Diary records that only one man was killed that day (and is positively identified as Thomas Baines). The village of Loos is near to where the Cheshires were serving at the time so, perhaps the diary is in error. It is not  possible to establish what happened, but, however Jim was killed, he now had no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing. It is probable that he was with Albert Walker who was also killed that day.

After the War, Gertrude remarried (to a Mr Simpson) and was living at 119 Northgate Road, Edgeley.

It is possible that James' name has been inscribed twice on the Memorial and he is also the J Turner recorded as serving with a Lancashire Regiment.

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