Harold Turner was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, the son of William and Sarah Ellen Turner. In 1901, they were living at 127 Dunstall Street, together with Harold’s brothers Christopher S. and Horace M., his sister Beatrice A., his grandmother Mary Barratt, and a boarder, Louisa A. Ashworth.
Harold enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2603). On 20 May 1915, he was on sentry duty in a support trench when a bullet struck him in the head. He never regained consciousness. The Captain of A Company, a J. H. Thursfield, wrote to Harold’s mother, stating that “I have lost an excellent soldier, and we can ill spare such men in the serious work which lies before us.” This was reported in the Express & Star on 31 May 1915. He is commemorated at the St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery. There are also “H. Turners” on both the Dudley Town War Memorial and the St John’s Church War Memorial, but these are not necessarily the same man.
William Turner, Harold’s father himself died in 1916, and his mother, Sarah, remarried an Arthur G. Riley in September 1917.