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Captain Henry Turner (1913)


Captain Henry Turner (1913)


13th (Reserve) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment); 103rd Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Henry Turner was born on 24th February 1895, the son of Arthur and Betsy Turner, of 41 Lynmouth Road, Sheffield.

He was educated at the Central Secondary School, Sheffield, and took a double first in 1915.

He enlisted on 16th July 1915, and served in France, until September 1916 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Sherwood Foresters, then as a Captain and Flight Commander in the RAF. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre.

Aged 23, he was shot down by the German flying ace Rudolf Berthold whilst piloting his Airco DH9 north of Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, on 5th June 1918. His observer, 2nd Lieutenant George Webb, was also killed. Turner is buried at Vignemont French National Cemetery, Oise, France.


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Photo: from the 1913 matriculation photo; © The Warden and Fellows of Merton College

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