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turner-aAlbert was born in Wolverhampton in about 1881, the son of John Peter and Maria Turner. He was baptised in Bilston on 27 November 1881. In 1891 he was living at 65 Green Croft, Bilston, with his parents and siblings Charlotte, Alice and Joseph. Albert’s father died in 1894, and his mother apparently remarried, to a Joseph Huff, although I have been unable to find a record of this marriage. By 1901, Albert is living at 10 Green Croft with his mother, step-father, and sisters Lottie and Lily. Albert’s occupation is given as “Bundling in Iron Works”.

On 4 January 1905 Albert enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 9036). His occupation now was a painter. On 4 April 1908 he was admitted to hospital with a wounded leg, but did not claim “that he was in the performance of military duty at the time of the accident.” By 1911, he was serving in India. He suffered a bout of malaria from August to November that year, and again in June to July 1912. He was transferred to the Reserve in January 1914, but was recalled when war broke out in August 1914. He was killed in action on 20 September 1914, which was reported in the Midland Counties Express on 5 December. He appears on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial in France, as well as on the Bilston Town Hall Ward Roll of Honour.

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