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imageInkerman Vincent Turner was baptised at Emmanuel Church in Preston on the 8 July, 1886. His family were living in nearby Brook Street at the time. A Grandfather had apparently fought in the Crimean War so presumably this is where the inspiration for his name came from.

His parents were John and Mary Ann Turner (nee Nelson). They were married in St. Saviour`s Church in Bamber Bridge on the 4 June, 1881. John Turner was already a widower with a four year old daughter Elizabeth when he married Mary Ann, his first wife Annie died in 1880.

John and Mary Ann had ten children altogether including Inkerman although two of their children died. The surviving children were; Mary Ann (1881), John Charles (1882), Maria (1888), Alma (1890), Alice (1893), Henry (1895) and Thomas (1900).

John and Mary Ann`s first daughter was born in Bamber Bridge and then the family moved to Brook Street in Preston.

By 1911 John and Mary Ann Turner had moved to number 30 Thorn Street in Preston with sons Inkerman, Harry and Thomas and their daughter Alice. Inkerman and his father were both working in a mill as weavers while his brother Harry was an apprentice baker.

Inkerman had previously served a four year term with the Territorials and on the 20 May, 1914 he signed up again for a further 4 years of service.

Unfortunately his papers do not appear to have survived therefore information is limited but the Medal Rolls state that he went to France on the 4 May, 1915 with the 1/4th Battalion and his service number was 1919.

The 1/4th Battalion were soon to take part in their first major action of the war just over a month after they landed in France. An attack was scheduled for 6pm on the 15 June in the Festubert area.

Extract from the Regimental History
At 6pm on the 15th June the attack was launched by the 4th Loyal North Lancashire and the 6th Scottish Rifles. The attack was at first successful; the west end of the German salient was carried, and the attack pushed on to the main German line near the Rue d`Overt, and for a time the third German trench was occupied and held.

Unfortunately the attack by the Division on the right of the 51st made little or no progress, and when night fell the 154th Brigade had penetrated the German line on a narrow front, but had both its flanks in the air. The attack consequently failed, but as stated in the Divisional History, “great praise is due to the 154th Infantry Brigade for their advance in the face of heavy artillery and close range rifle and machine gun fire. There is little or no doubt that had the operations on the flanks been successful, they would have had every prospect of holding their gains”

The casualties from the action totalled 431 men killed, wounded or missing and Private Inkerman Turner was one of the wounded. News of the attack by the 1/4th soon filtered back to the relatives and friends at home and a pal informed Inkerman`s parents that their son had sustained shrapnel wounds to his shoulders and also severe cuts to his hands.

The following article was printed in the local paper a short while afterwards.


Inkerman was eventually discharged from the Army on 4 April, 1916 due to his wounds and he received the Silver War Badge number 58927. He was also entitled to the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
On the 3 September, 1917 he married Ethel Sarah Isabella Green in St. Paul`s Church in Preston, at the time he was living in Carlisle Street in Preston and was employed as a munitions worker.

Unfortunately it seems the couple did not stay together because according to an article dated 14 July, 1931 in the Lancashire Daily Post Ethel had started divorce proceedings against Inkerman. The article states that she was living in the Chorley area at the time and the couple had two children.

Inkerman Vincent Turner died in Preston in the June quarter of 1941 just short of his 55th birthday.

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3 Responses to 1919 PTE. I. V. TURNER. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for posting this. My great grandfather was Inkerman Turner and due to him and my great grandmother Ethel getting a divorce we did not know much about him. We had no idea that he served in the First World War or much about his side of the family. I’ve learnt a lot of interesting things today.

  2. Rebecca A says:

    Thank-you for posting this. My great grandfather was Inkerman Turner and due to him and my great grandmother Ethel getting a divorce we did not know much about him or his side of the family. We did not know that he served in the First World War. We have learnt a lot of interesting things today.

  3. David J Turner says:

    This is definitely my Grandfather .

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