Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Harry Turner 1918-1945, age 27

Barnsley Chronicle 7th July 1945
Thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1918 in Barnsley Q2

Son of: Ivah and Lilian Wray Turner, nee Bower. Ivah was born in Silkstone in 1894 and was a miner working at the Stanhope Dickson Colliery when he enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment at the start of WW1. Lilian (1896-1958) died at the age of 62. 

Harry was unmarried and was an apprentice electrician at Barnsley Main before joining the army in 1936.  

Military Service: Harry was a Private in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1/4th Battalion, service number 4689978.

Death: 22nd June 1945 in Germany

Buried: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Germany in grave 59.H.8.

Find a grave link: here 
Commonwealth War Graves Commission link: here  
Remembered: St Edward's Church WW2 Memorial plaque, Barnsley 

Note 1: The Barnsley Chronicle of 7th July 1945 reported
Victim of Undetected Mine
Barnsley Soldier Accidentally Killed in Germany
Home on Leave a Month Ago.
After serving eight years in the India-Burma theatre of war, and fighting on the Continent since D-day, the death has occurred tragically of Pte. Harry Turner (27) K.O.Y.L.I. of Barnsley who with another comrade was recently killed in Germany - the victims of an undetected mine. Writing to Turner's parents Mr and Mrs I. Turner of 22 Limes View , Gawber, the Commanding Officer says Pte. Turner was in charge of a Bren Gun Carrier and was out on patrol. Unfortunately they went over an undetected mine which resulted in the loss of Pte. Turner and a comrade in the carrier. Pte. Turner, who formerly worked as an electrician apprentice at Barnsley Main, joined the army in May 1936, and in the following 
November went to Gibraltar. After a short time he was drafted to Burma where he stayed for eight years. In the retreat from Rangoon early in the war Pte. Turner was slightly wounded in the arm. He came home in January 1944 but was out on the Normandy beaches on D-day, and it is only a month since he returned to Germany after spending a well earned leave at home. He was educated at Wilthorpe Council and Keir Street schools. 
Mr and Mrs Turner have also received a letter from their son's padre, who writes: "That your son was a great favourite in the battalion can be judged by the number who came to his funeral and the care with which they made the wreath for him. He is buried on a hill side between Dusseldorf and Cassel. He looks over a little white church with woods, fields and hills all around. It seems so hard that he should have lost his life with the war finished here, but we have at least the consolation that he can have known neither pain nor fear, as his death was instantaneous." 

Note 2: I can find nothing to link Harry to St.Edward's Church or the Kingstone area. Perhaps he had a close friend who attended this church? If you can help, please get in touch. 

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