Fred Turton (c.1879-1919)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

TURTON, FRED. Private. No 28671 West Yorkshire Regiment, transferred to No 376845 Labour Corps. Son of John and Ellen Turton, Cinderhills Road, Holmfirth. Prior to enlistment, was employed by Messrs Taylor and Littlewood Limited, Newsome Mills. Enlisted May 1916. Had been serving in Belgium with the Labour Corps. Was taken to hospital at the beginning of March, 1919, suffering from influenza and pneumonia. Died at the Holmfirth Auxiliary Hospital on 10.3.1919, where he was the last patient. He was 39 years of age. Buried LANE CONGREGATIONAL BURIAL GROUND. Grave location:- J. 7.
ROH:- Underbank War Memorial; Messrs. Taylor and Littlewood, Newsome Mills.

Lives of the First World War

The following section is reproduced from the Imperial War Musuems' Lives of the First World War site under the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

Fred Turton was born in about 1880, the eldest son of weaver John Turton and his wife Hannah who also had four other children Jane born 1875, Sam born 1882, John born 1884 and Ellen born 1886. In the 1911 census, Fred, a weaver, with his widowed mother and elder sister Jane, are living as boarders with the husband and family of his younger sister Ellen in Gully, Holmfirth: Before enlisting, Fred worked for Messrs Taylor & Littlewood of Newsome.

Fred enlisted on 27 March 1916 and went to France where he served with a Labour Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He survived the war and returned home at the start of March 1919 to visit his mother who was ill. The local paper reported “The journey was a trying experience and the soldier reached home in a weak state. Afflicted by influenza and pneumonia, Pte Turton was removed to the Holmfirth Auxiliary Hospital for treatment.” He died on 10 March 1919 aged 39 years and was interred in the burial ground of Lane Chapel.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner dated 12 March 1919 reported that Fred Turton was the last patient of the Holmfirth Auxiliary Hospital which was closed following his death along with other local Auxiliary hospitals.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission