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Name: Ethel Turner

Burial Number: 0312

Gender: Female

Occupation: Operatic Artiste; Vocalist;

Born: 00/00/1873

Died: 14/02/1899

Buried: 18/02/1899


Ethel Emily Turner was one of Seven children born to James Hedgman Turner and Katherine Steele Avery

Both parents were born in London and they were married in 1855 in St Pancras at The Old Church.

All seven children were born in various locations in London. Kate 1860, Lucy 1863, Charles 1866, Mary 1868, Ethel Emily 1873, Beatrice 1874, Stanley 1876.

Ethel’s mother worked as a tobacconist when her parents met, and her father worked as a Law Clerk.

By 1881 the family had settled in Warwick Street in Worthing and were working as Tobacconists.

Over the years when the children were young, they were often found to be living with their grandparents.

Ethel Emily had started a promising career as an operatic Artiste and became quite popular in Worthing. Ethel had taken a stage name of Ethel Home and in 1899 had become very ill after a long serious Illness. Sympathies were written in the Local Worthing Herald in January wishing her a speedy recovery. But Ethel was not to recover and on February 14th died of Intestinal Nephritis and Exhaustion. Interstitial nephritis is a kidney disorder in which the spaces between the kidney tubules become swollen (inflamed). This can cause problems with the way your kidneys work. Ethel was 26 years old when she died, and on the 18th February was laid to rest at Heene Cemetery.

Researcher: Gail Warner-Clarkson

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 21

Exact Location (what3words): split.part.baked

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Ethel the dearly beloved daughter of J.H. and K.S. Turner who passed to the summer land 14th Feb 1899 aged 26 years "He giveth His beloved sleep"

Further Information


Name: Ethel Turner

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1873

Town: Unknown

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 14/02/1899

Cause of death: Intestinal Nephritis; Exhaustion;

Address line 1: Heene Villas

Address line 2: 7

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Herald

That much sympathy should be forthcoming for Mr. and Mrs. Turner at the loss they have sustained by the premature death of their daughter, who as Miss Ethel Home was beginning to secure for herself a very satisfactory position in the professional world, and would doubtless, had she been spared, turned her excellent vocal gifts to the very best account

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 2 Suffolk Place Stepney. Father James Henry (39) Occupation, Merchandise Clerk, Mother Katherine (37) Occupation A Tobacconist, Children Lucy (8), Charles (5), Mary (3) Mother in Law: Elizabeth Avery (73)


Living at 3 Warwick Street, Worthing. Father James Hedgman Turner (49) Profession was a Tobacconist. Mother Katherine Steele Turner (47). Siblings Lucy (18), Ethel Emily (8) Beatrice (7), Stanley (5)


Living at 71 Marine Parade, Worthing. Father James Hedgman Turner (59) Law Stationer, Mother Katherine Steele Turner (57), Lucie (28), Mary R (Richmond) (23), Beatrice (17), Montague Richmond (1) Grandson. Ellen Parsons (16) Domestic Servant

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette 25 January 1899

That much regret will be felt for Mr. And Mrs J H Turner of Heene Villas and deep sympathy expressed for them, in the long-continued and serious illness of their daughter , professionally known as Miss Ethel Home, whose most promising career as an operatic artiste has been checked in such a truly melancholy manner –  that all who know the young lady will cordially wish her complete and speedy restoration to health