Frederick Harding Turner, 10th King's (Liverpool
Turner was killed in action on the morning of 10th
January 1915, when in trenches near the village of Kemmel, south
of Ypres. The younger of two sons of William and Jessie Turner, of 4 Mossley
Hill Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, he worked in his fathers printing firm
of Turner & Dunnett before the war. He was commissioned into the 10th
King's, usually better-known as the Liverpool Scottish, a battalion of the
Territorial Force. Freddy was also known as "Tanky"
Turner, from his physical size and robustness on the sports fields. He attended
Green Bank School, Liverpool; Sedburgh School, Cumberland, and Trinity College,
Oxford, where he graduated with a BA. He became a great Rugby football forward
at Sedburgh, and gained a Blue at Trinity. In 1910 he became Captain of
the Oxford University rugby team, and was also selected 15 times for Scotland,
becoming the national team Captain in 1914. He was also a talented cricketer.
Freddy moved to France with the battalion on 1st November 1914, and spent
the first weeks of the winter in atrocious conditions of flooded trenches.
He was killed while walking to the end of a trench held by his platoon,
to organise the arrangement of a barbed wire entanglement.
Turner lies in Kemmel Churchyard. His elder brother William was also killed
in the Great War, in the severe fighting at Hooge on 16 June 1915. He is
commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial to the missing.
information from the Liverpool Scroll of Fame, Volume 1 Commissioned Officers,
pub. Quill's, 1920, with additional information from Major IL Riley TD
FSA Scot (Ret'd) (The
Liverpool Scottish Museum),
and Mr Tony Spagnoly.