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Name: Charles Turner

Burial Number: 0992

Gender: Male

Occupation: Chemist

Born: 00/00/1863

Died: 16/05/1920

Buried: 19/05/1920

Story

Little is known of Charles’s early life but in 1881 Charles is Living at 162 Broad Street Birmingham where Charles is working as an apprentice chemist to Thomas Chase. In 1891 Charles took over the chemist ‘Anderson and Virgo at 12 The Foregate Worcestershire, and had 2 assistant chemists and 3 servants. He also was accepted into the Worcester Lodge Freemasons in 1890.

He married Edith Mary Harrison on the 11th February 1892 at Boston Lincolnshire. Edith was born in 1866 in Swineshead Lincolnshire

They had 2 children-

Charles Kenneth Turner born 1899 in Worcester. Worked as a motor engineer, then in WW1 joined up as 2nd Lieutenant 8th Batt Royal Worcester Regiment, earned Victory and British medal.  On 27th September 1923 he enlisted with the Royal Tank Corp Territorials but was discharged on 17th July 1924 as it was decided he was not likely to become an efficient soldier. By 1928 he had become a Pilot Officer with the RAF, and in the 1930’s he was a Station Adjutant at Cranfield. By 1946 he is Squadron Leader (24047) based at Innsworth Gloucester which is an RAF training school.  He married Nancy Katherine Symons in March 1927 in Wandsworth London, but they were divorced and on 3rd August 1945 he then married Louise Hilliard Wilson in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire. Charles Kenneth Turner of 26 Milton Road, Bournemouth died on 20th August 1946 at The Hospital Brompton London SW3 Middlesex. Probate granted to Louisa Hilliard Turner, widow, and Nancy Katherine Philippa Turner, single woman. Effects £3357.7s.0d. He is buried in Golders Green Crematorium, Panel 3.

Catherine Elsie turner born 1893 Worcester. Married Llewelyn Thomas Parry Jones on 28th July 1920 in East Preston Sussex. There is no record of any children being born. Llewelyn died on the 8th August 1930. Catherine then married George Dennis Meadows in June 1932 at St Pancras Middlesex. They moved to the USA and arrived there on the 14th September 1937. She died in Westport Connecticut USA on the 7 April 1963. George Dennis Meadows came back to England and died on 24th December 1978 in Cheltenham Gloucestershire.

By 1901 Charles Wall and Edith are living at Holly Lodge 49 Britannia Square Worcestershire and Charles is still a Chemist at Anderson & Virgo, 12 The foregate Worcestershire, in 1911 they are still living at 49 Britannia square, and Charles is still running his chemist

Sometime between 1911 and 1920 Charles and Edith moved to Worthing Sussex and lived at ‘Castille’ Beccles Road Worthing. Charles died on the 16th May 1920 in Worthing and probate was granted to Edith Mary Turner and George Thomas Turner.  He left £25862 10s 6d (£751490 in 2020) according to the Westminster Gazette 25th August 1920 he left to Worcester Masonic Lodge all his shares in the Worcester Masonic Building Company.

In 1921 Edith has moved to 26 Milton Road Bournemouth, and she is still there in 1939, living on private means.  She died in Bournemouth on 5th May 1959

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Turner

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 4 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words): public.ritual.sound

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

No description of the headstone has been added.

Inscription:

In memory of my dear husband Charles Wall Turner late of Worcester who died 16th May 1920 aged 57 "Until the day break" Also of his wife Edith May Turner who died 5th May 1959 aged 92 R.I,P. In dear and loving memory of my beloved son Wing-Cmdr. Charles Kenneth Turner died 20th August 1946 aged 48 "Per ardua ad astra" To the memory of Catherine Elsie the beloved wife of George Denis Meadows and only daughter of Charles Wall and Edith May Turner

Further Information

Birth

Name: Charles Wall Turner

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1863

Town: Unknown

County: Worcestershire

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 11/2/1892

Spouse First Name: Edith

Spouse Second Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Harrison

Town of Marriage: Boston

County of Marriage: Lincolnshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/05/1920

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Castille

Address line 2: Beccles Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £25862 10 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £751490

Census Information

1881

162 Broad Street Birmingham

Charles Wall Turner, apprentice to Thomas chase

 

 

 

1891

12 The Foregate Worcestershire

Charles W Turner (Head) age 28, plus 2 boarders and 3 servants

 

A modern day picture of Foregate, Worcestershire

1901

Hollylodge 49 Britannia Square Worcestershire

Charles W Turner (Head) age 38, Edith M Turner (Wife) age 35, Catherine E (Daughter) age 8,  Charles K (Son) age 2, plus 2 servants

1911

49 Britannia Square Worcestershire

Charles Wall Turner (Head) age 48, Chemist Shop Keeper; Edith Mary Turner (Wife) age 45, Charles Kenneth turner (Son) age 12, Catherine Elsie Turner (Daughter) age 18, plus 2 servants, Alice Gwendoline Coakes age 22, Housemaid; and Sylvia Elizabeth Helens age 28, Cook.

Miscellaneous Information

Medal Index Card for Charles Kenneth Turner

Charles Kenneth Turner (Son of charles Wall Turner) born 1899 in Worcester. Worked as a motor engineer, then in WW1 joined up as 2nd Lieutenant 8th Batt Royal Worcester Regiment, earned Victory and British medal.

On 27th September 1923 he enlisted with the Royal Tank Corp Territorials but was discharged on 17th July 1924 as it was decided he was not likely to become an efficient soldier.

He married Nancy Katherine Symons in March 1927 in Wandsworth London.

By 1928 he had become a Pilot Officer with the RAF, and in the 1930’s he was a Station Adjutant at Cranfield.

Just before Christmas in 1938, Charles was involved in a car accident where a woman was killed. He was exonerated of blame. At the time, he was serving at the RAF base in Cranfield and his home address was given as 89 Beverley Crescent Bedford.

In the 1939 Register Nancy was living at that address, so presumably they were still together at the time. Charles was not at the address on the night of the census, but they were divorced at some time, and on 3rd August 1945 he then married Louise Hilliard Wilson in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire.
By 1946 he is Squadron Leader based at Innsworth Gloucester which is an RAF training school.  He died on 20th August 1946 Middlesex

Worcestershire Chronicle Oct 3 1891 – Chemist’s Licence

The Bench granted the application of Mr Charles Wall Turner, successor to Messrs. Anderson and Virgo, for a license in connection with preparation of certain liquids.

The license was similar to that granted by the Bench last year to Mr. Steward and Mr Kitson.

Westminster Gazette 25 Aug 1920

Mr Charles Wall Turner of Beccles Road, Worthing, late proprietor of Messrs. Anderson and Virgo, chemists, Worcester, £25,862, of which £21,882 is net personality. He gave to Worcester Masonic Lodge No 280 all his shares in the Worcester Masonic Building Co. “in memory of the many happy moments I have spent with the members of the lodge”