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Frederick Everard Turner (Service no. 2/103) was a First World War soldier with links to Woolston.

Frederick Everard TurnerFrederick Everard Turner was born in Christchurch on Tuesday 29 March 1892 and was named after the Woolston doctor, Frederick Everard Hunt, who is believed to have delivered him. He was the eldest son of John Richard Turner, a currier, originally from Norfolk England and Nurse Jessie Turner (nee Percival) the local nurse/mid-wife and the brother of Richard Burman Turner (6/166) and Edgar Mercer Turner (2/3110)

Before enlisting on 13th August 1914 Frederick was living in the family home at 25 Princess Street, Woolston and was working as a carter at Whitcombe & Tombs Christchurch. He had spent 5 years as a member of the Imperial Riffles.  He was a young single Anglican man, 22 years of age who stood 5ft 9 ½ inches tall with brown eyes and dark brown hair.  He had a dark complexion and weighed 158lb. It was noted that he had a scar on the outer side of his left knee and that some dental work may have been required.

Having enlisted he was signed to the E Battery NZFA as a Driver with the 13th Battery, 3rd Brigade of the Main Body New Zealand Field Artillery in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.  They left Wellington 16th October 1914 on board transport HMNZT 7 Limerick and HMNZT 10 Arawa bound for the Suez, Egypt via Albany, Australia.

Frederick was involved in the April 25th Gallipoli landing and continued to fight there until the troops were evacuated and returned to Alexandria in December 1915. He was then transferred from the 3rd Battery in Moascar on 16th February 1916 to the 3rd Brigade Head Quarters and from there to the 11th Battery. On the 17th March 1916 he was promoted to Bombardier in the 13th Battery and embarked for France from Alexandria on 7th April 1916.  On the 1st May he was appointed to the rank of temporary corporal in the field in France and on 23rd June his rank of corporal was officially confirmed. On the 15th September Corporal Turner was seriously wounded in the abdomen; he was still conscious when carried from the field and carried to a field hospital by Corporal Davie and another corporal.  They handed him over to a RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) officer who attended to his wounds at once believing him to be the worst case there. Unfortunately the RAMC officer was later unable to recall treating Corporal Turner and Corporal Turner was declared to be missing believed to have died of wounds in the field. The court of inquiry held at Fleurbaix on 12 December 1916 upheld this ruling and Corporal Frederick Everard Turner aged 25 was declared officially missing believed to have died of his wounds on 15th September 1916.

Corporal Turner was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal (Red) and the Victory Medal (Blue). These were sent to his next of kin Mr John R Turner. On the 5th August 1921 a commemorative Scroll was dispatched followed by a Plaque on 12th November.  His name appears on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France and the Woolston Memorial in Christchurch New Zealand as well as the headstone of the family grave in the Woolston (Rutherford Street) cemetery.


Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, France



Grave image from NZ War Graves Project

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Frederick Everard Turner

First Names:Frederick Everard
Last Name:Turner
Place of Birth:Christchurch