Lieutenant William Stewart Turner

Lieutenant William Stewart Turner, 1/10th (Liverpool Scottish) Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment (T.F.), elder son of William Neil Turner, of Mossley Hill Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, by his wife, Jessie Stewart, daughter of the late Thomas

Holder, of Liverpool, J.P.; born Liverpool, 19th March 1883; educated Greenbank School, Liverpool, and Sedberg (Mr Wilson's House, 1898-1901), and on leaving there entered the firm of Turner & Dunnett, of Liverpool,of which his father is senior partner. In August 1914, when war broke out, he enlisted  in the Liverpool Scottish and received a commission in the Reserve Battalion on 17th November, just before the regiment left for the Front. He was in England when his younger brother, Lieut. F.H. Turner, was killed in action, and it was immediately after this that he proceeded to the Front (18th January 1915), where, following upon a petition from the men, he was attached to the platoon with which his brother had been so popular an officer. He was killed in action while leading his men in the advance on Bellewarde Farm, Hooge, 16th June 1915. They had just captured a German trench, when a heavy shell burst, killing him and Sergt. J.B. Jones instantly. He had been promoted Lieutenant in May 1915, and was unmarried. Like his brother, Lieut. W.S. Turner was a keen athlete. He was in the cricket and football teams at both Greenbank and Sedbergh, and gaine both his cricket and football colours the year he left Sedbergh, being a useful three-quarter and a good cricketer. Afterwards he played regularly at cricket and football for the Liverpool Club, and was captain of the latter club in the season 1909-10. In 1908 the two brothers did a remarkable performance against Sedbergh in the Old Sedberghian Match; in the first innings W.S. took 5 wickets for 8 runs and F.H. 5 for 16, then after scoring 66 runs between them, they took 9 wickets in the second innings, F.H. taking 7 for 26 and W.S. 2 for 10 - in all taking 19 wickets for 60 runs.