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LAWRENCE CHARLES TURNER 1893–1923

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Brother of Harry and Dorothy

Born 21st January 1893, Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 9th February 1893 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Died 12th June 1923, Radcliffe on Trent. Age 30

Remembered on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted to school 30.8.1897

1901 Census

Son of Richard and Ellen Turner. The family were living in Victoria Street, Radcliffe on Trent. His father was a wheelwright.

1911 Census

Living in Victoria Street with siblings Alice 15, Harry 12, Dorothy 13 and Bernard 3, and working as a railway clerk. Father occupation on the census is coach builder.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 17487

Military Unit: 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 24th Brigade, 8th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 19.3.15. Total war service abroad 2 months

Attestation: September 24th 1914, Nottingham

Age: 21 years 246 days. Occupation: clerk.

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Height 5ft. 4ins, weight 120 lbs, complexion fresh, eyes brown, hair dark brown.

8.10.14: Posted to 3rd Battalion

18.3.15: Posted to 1st Battalion, British Expeditionary Force, France

Wounded
12.5.15: Wounded in action, vicinity of Festubert, France. Gunshot wound to left hip

17.5.15–20.4.1917: Home

25.4.17: Discharged as unfit for service due to wounds. Character very good

Next of kin: listed on record as father Richard, mother Kate and brothers Harry and Bernard.

Total Military Service: 2 years 214 days

Lawrence Turner was wounded in the Battle of Aubers. This battle involved a pincer attack against German positons north and south of Neuve Chapelle. The southern pincer was in the region of Festubert while the northern pincer was in the region of Sailly-sur-Lys. He would have been fighting with the Sherwood Foresters, 8th Division, in this northern attack. His fellow Radcliffe serviceman, Bertie Todd, also fighting with the 1st Sherwood Foresters, was killed in the same conflict.

There are a number of medical reports in his Pension records:

4.4.17: Has new joint the L. hip and still has sinus near the groin. Has very limited movement in hip joint and knee joint. 2in of shortening of L leg.

28.6.17: Nottm: Has a discharging sinus which arose 2 days ago and is quite superficial. Still lacks muscular power to move hip joint freely. Has a limp even with the special boot.  30%: 11 shillings for 26 wks. Award extended for a further 20 wks.

1.1.18: The records refer to a letter of appeal from Lawrence with reference to medical benefits (the letter is not in the records)

22.2.18: Nottm: Since last board he has had another operation for removal of dead bone from his hip by Mr Anderson Consulting Surgeon to Military Hosp Nottm performed 14.1.1918. Wound not quite healed. Muscles of whole leg very much wasted and flabby and still requires daily dressings. Is still weak and debilitated. 100%: 27/6 for 30 wks from 1.1.18 (date of appeal).

18.5.18: Nottm: Man does not appear well. He is definitely anaemic. Want of power in limb, gets about with a stick. Limb is shortened. 50%: 13/9 for 52 wks.

1.5.19: Nottm: Small discharging sinus on outer part of wound on L buttock a depressed adherent scar well healed. Head of femur has been excised, a false jt resulting with want of power in limb. 2in of shortening of leg, wasting of thigh muscles 2in, wasting of leg muscles ½in, movements of knee and hip joints much limited.  60%

4.6.20: Nottm: Complains of occasional pain and discomfort left thigh. Wounds as described 1.5.19 well healed.  2¾in shortening of limb.  Wears a satisfactory surgical boot. Knee can be flexed to right angle and hip through angle of 75º. General condition improved since last Board, 50%

23.5.21: Nottm: Scars as described well healed. 2½in shortening L limb. Hip can be flexed to 75º and knee to a rt angle.  2½in wasting to thigh and 1in wasting L calf. Wears satisfactory surgical boot. Walks with a limp.  50%

7.2.22: Surgical boot supplied

2.6.22: Nottingham Special Board: Gunshot wound left hip. Large irregular scars some 5in by 1½in over anterior, outer and first……L hip. The main scar is well healed, adherent and tender. The hip joint has been excised leaving a very good new joint. M… limited in extreme ranges by flexion R L Extension complete, abduction fair, adduction slight, rotation moderate. Whole limb shortened 2 7/8in. Muscle thigh wasted 2½in, calf 1in as compared with R. Knee flexion limited to 80º … thigh. Slight lateral mobility by knee joint. Feet flat both sides. L ankle = N (normal?). Sensation L leg = N. Wears surgical boot which is satisfactory and walks with a limp. Scars R axilla well healed = no disability. Not suitable for F.A. No treatment. Not F and S. Conditional award 50%  12 mths.

Medals Awarded: 1914–1915 Star, British War and Victory, Silver War Badge no. 164894

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Other information

In Wright’s 1920 directory, the Turner family are living on Water Lane. Lawrence’s father Richard is a carriage builder and joiner, his brother Harry is a motor engineer and his mother Kate is a stationer.

Gilbert Elwin remembered seeing Lawrence Turner in Radcliffe on Trent after the war was over:

For some time afterwards Lawrence Charles Turner also journeyed back to Radcliffe by train and Gil would see him walking slowly home using a stick to his father’s wheelwright’s shop on Water Lane. He had been shot in the thigh and dragged his stiff leg out sideways’ (source: Lowe, J. and Priestland, P. (1999) Radcliffe Remembers: Reminiscences collected to celebrate the Millennium, p.44).

Lawrence Turner would have been alive when the war Memorial was unveiled. His name was the last to be added, after he died in 1923. His younger brother Harry served in the war and survived. His sister Dorothy was a teacher at Radcliffe on Trent village school.

Death

Lawrence Turner died on 12th June, 1923 from nephritis (kidney failure) and toxaemia. It is likely that these symptoms were caused by an infection and were related to his war injuries. His occupation on his death certificate is given as railway clerk. His brother Harry was present at the death and registered it the following day.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born, lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent.

Lawrence Turner

Radcliffe on Trent cemetery