image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Born: 9th January 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 15th July 1916; age 25; KiA – whilst leading his men on the attack at High Wood.

Occupation: engaged in the family firm of Messrs. E.R. & F. Turner, Ltd., as an Engineer. After leaving Oundle School, he spent some months in France, and then three years in the engineering shops at St. Peter’s and Grey Friars Works, Ipswich. Later, he visited mills in other parts of the country to gain experience. He had recently been made a Director of the company.

In 1911, he joined the Suffolk Territorials and was one of the first reserves battalions to be sent to France in November 1914. Herbert saw action at Givenchy. he was wounded at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, he returned to England to recover and accepted a post with the East Anglian Munitions Committee, but afterwards, not feeling satisfied that he was doing his duty by his regiment. In June 1916, he returned to his regiment and was sent out to France again.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.


Rank: Captain

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:

Flatiron Copse Cemetery,





 image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Leonard & Helen L. Turner.


Cousin to Maurice Arthur Turner.




1901   ‘Beaumarie House’, Anglesea Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 9 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Leonard Turner, 41, a Mechanical Engineers – employer, born Ipswich.

Helen Louisa Turmer (nee Kersey), 37, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Marjorie Joyce Turner, 7, born Ipswich.

1 cook

1 nurse

1 house parlour maid.


1911   ‘Spursholt’ Park Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 19 years old, an Engineer’s Apprentice 1st Class. He was living with his parents.

Leonard, 51, a Director of Engineering Firm.

Helen, 47.

1 cook

1 sewing maid

1 parlour maid.


Herbert attended Ipswich School – entered 1900, and Oundle School (School House) in May 1905 and left in December 1908. He was cox of the School House boat which won the Challenge Fours. He played Mustardseed one of the fairies in the Midsummer Nights Dream.
The School magazine, the Laxtonian, lists him as winning many prizes:
The School History and Geography prize at Prize Day in summer 1905.
A Form prize at Prize Day 1906.
Form, French and Maths prizes in summer 1906
He also appears to have been a sporty boy, particularly in rowing, where he coxed the House and School teams throughout his time at School, and also played cricket and rugby.

Oundle School information courtesy of Judith – Archives Office.


Herbert was a keen tennis player, and was on the Committee of the Ipswich Tennis Club.


On the 27th November 1917 Mr L. Turner applies for 1914 Star in respect of his late son.

The 1914 Star was sent from Warley, Essex to ‘Spursholt’ Park Road, Ipswich.


Probate to Leonard Turner – Manufacturing Engineer.


Herbert is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School and at Oundle School Memorial Chapel, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

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