Born: 25th January 1912, Tendring, Essex.

Died: 5th July 1941; age: 29; onboard Troop Transport Ship – ‘Anselm.’

The R.A.F. personnel were in transit from Clyde, Scotland to Freetown, Sierre Leone.

Residence: 80, Kingston Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Slater & Tiler.


Rank: Aircraftman Second Class; Service Number: 1224503.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 59.

Runnymede Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Ernest Walter & Gertrude Agnes Turner; husband of Lily Rose Turner of Ipswich.


Father: Ernest Walter Turner, born October 1884, in Ipswich. A disabled ex-serviceman.

Mother: Gertrude Agnes Turner (nee Barker), born September 1887, Ipswich.

The Turner family home – 5, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


In 1934, Ipswich, Douglas married Lily Rose Talbot, born January 1915, Ipswich – daughter of William Talbot, a timber carter, and Ruth Ellen Talbot (nee Clarke), of 36, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

They had 2 children.



Douglas was a Slater & Tiler. He lived with Lily at their family home with their young son – 80, Kingston Road, Ipswich.


NORMAN RUSSELL MARTIN from Ipswich also died on the ship.



The passenger ship Anselm was owned by Booth Steamship Co. Ltd (Booth Line), Liverpool. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1940 and used as a troop transport ship. On the 26th June 1941, Anselm left Gourock on the Firth of Clyde en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone with 1210 RAF & military personnel on board. On the 5th July 1941, at 08.29 hours, U-96 fired a salvo of four torpedoes. Two torpedoes hit the Anselm sinking her within 22 minutes. All but one of the lifeboats was launched. 1062 survivors. Four crew and 250 of the military personnel were lost.

The film ‘Das Boot’ is based on the German submarine U-96.

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