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Christopher was born in Wolverhampton on 3 February 1890, the son of William and Sarah Ellen Turner. In 1901, they were living at 127 Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, along with Christopher’s siblings Beatrice A., Harold Edwin, and Horace Maxwell. By 1911, they were at 32 Bromley Street, Blakenhall, and Christopher had a younger sister, Kate Evelyn. The 22-year-old Christopher was an engineer’s fitter for a motor manufacturer. Later he worked for the Weldless Steel Tube Company Limited. He married Emily Elise Pickford at St Andrew’s Church, Wolverhampton, on 2nd February 1912, and they had Christopher (1913), Horace (1915), Jon M. (1920) and Harold E. (1928).

On 8 August 1914, he enlisted with the Army Service Corps (number 3237). His trade was now given as motor driver. He served in France until September 1915, when he was wounded in his left foot. On 20 February 1916 he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service, due to an injury to his right foot. Whether this was the same injury as above is unclear. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 60786) on 7 October 1916.

He survived the war and was living as 7 Fellows Street, Wolverhampton, in 1939, still working as a motor mechanic. He died on 27 February 1946 at the Royal Hospital Wolverhampton, by which date his address was 208 Bushbury Lane. The value of his effects was £195 15s. 6d.