Joseph Lewis Turner’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1896 in Rugby.
In 1901 Joseph is shown on the census with his maternal grandparents at 174 Cambridge Street, Rugby.
In 1911 the family were living at 6 West Street and Joseph was shown as being a Brass Worker in an Electric Works and father Joseph William, was a Blacksmith Striker. His father had been born in Sheffield and his mother Sarah (née Colledge) was born in Long Lawford. They had been married in the first quarter of 1894 in St Matthew’s Church Rugby.
Joseph L Turner enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry and his regimental number was 11090. The 2nd Battalion had been stationed in Aldershot from 4 August 1914 as part of the 5th Brigade of the 2nd Division. On 14 August they had been mobilised and landed at Boulogne. The various actions the Battalion had been engaged in were in 1914 The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, and the first Battle of Ypres. In the Winter Operations 1914-15, they were engaged in the Battle of Festubert and the Battle of Loos.
Joseph Turner was killed in action on 25 September 1915 – at the Battle of Loos.
An article in The Rugby Advertiser on 16 December 1916 included the following:
Mr F Turner of 6 West Street has this week received official news that his son Pte J L Turner, who has been posted as missing since September 25th last year, was killed in action on that date. Before the war Pte Turner was in the Machine Shop at the BTH and was only 19 years of age.
And in the In Memoriam section of the newspaper:
Turner – In affectionate and loving remembrance of our dear son, Pte Joseph Lewis Turner; killed in action on September 25, 1915; aged 19 years. From Father, Mother, Brothers & Sisters, & Gladys.
Private J L Turner 11090 and Private P Woodhouse 11091 who must, from their regimental numbers, have joined up together, and probably died together, are both remembered on Panel 83 to 85 of the Loos Memorial.
Joseph Turner is also remembered on the Rugby Memorial Gate and is listed in the BTH War Memorial Unveiling and Dedication War Book dated 29 October 1921.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM