Private/Lieutenant Herbert Norman Turner 15/915

Private/Lieutenant Herbert Norman Turner

Born. 1894.
Killed In Action. 14th July 1916, Aged 22.

Herbert Norman Turner was the eldest son of Arthur and Clara Turner. He entered Leeds Grammar School in 1906 at the age of 10 and left the school at the age of 16 in 1911.

Whilst at Leeds Grammar School he was a member of the O.T.C. After matriculating with first class honours, he was articled with Messrs H.W. and J. Blackburn, Chartered Accountants, of East Parade Leeds. On the 4th September 1914, he enlisted, as a private in the Leeds Pals. (His brother, Reginald, enlisted into the Cameron Highlanders).

It was not long before his education was recognised, as on the 5th April 1915, whilst the Pals were still training at Colsterdale, he was to be given a commission as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the battalion.

Herbert served with the Pals at Colsterdale and Ripon but never served abroad with them. He obviously stayed behind because in April 1916 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant with the 12th Battalion, and in June 1916 went to join them in France. On the 14th July 1916, after being with his unit less than a month he was killed in action, “Gallantly leading his men”.

He is buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Somme France.

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