Born: 5th January 1895, Ipswich.

Died: 10th June 1915; age 20; Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action. Body not recovered for burial.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: J.10125 (ch)

Royal Navy – Ship or Unit – H.M. Torpedo Boat No.12. H.M.S. ‘Moth’.


Memorial Reference:

Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Mary Ann Turner, of Swan Lane, Westerfield, Suffolk.




1901   Swan Lane, Westerfield, Suffolk.


Joseph was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Turner, 38, a General Labourer, born Westerfield, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Turner (nee Bennett), 39, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

William Oliver Turner, 8, born Ipswich.

Elsie Clara Turner, 3, born Westerfield.

Evelyn Mary Turner, 1, born Westerfield.


1911   His Majesty’s Royal Naval Training Establishment, Shotley, Suffolk.


Joseph was 16 years old, he was a Boy Under Training for the Royal Navy.


Joseph is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Westerfield, Suffolk.


The Cricket Class Coastal Destroyer, H.M. Torpedo Boat No.12. (H.M.S. Moth) was on patrol in the North Sea when she hit a mine & was destroyed with the loss of all her crew.     


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