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Express & Star, 10 Jan 1915

Express & Star, 10 Jan 1915

The photograph that appears under this headline in the Express & Star on 10 January 1915 is that of Private William James Turner, of the Grenadier Guards, who was killed in action in Belgium on 24 December 1914, a hundred years ago today.

William James Turner was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of John and Ada Turner. In the 1901 census, he was living at 16 Graiseley Street with his parents, his grandfather (also John), his sister (Ada Gladys) and brother (another John).

He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (number 16220), but, as the newspaper article states, he was unfortunately killed on Christmas Eve 1914 at the age of 20. By this date his parents were living at 96 Pearson Street. He is commemorated at the Le Touret Memorial in France, as well as possibly on the St John’s Church war memorial and/or the St Chad and St Mark’s Church war memorials (both simply say “W. Turner”).