Herbert Kersey Turner 15 July 1916

Captain Herbert Kersey Turner was another of Sanderson’s boys as he was in School House from 1905 to 1908. A native of Ipswich, he was born in January 1891. In 1907, he was cox of the School House boat which won the Challenge Fours. Rowing at 3 in the boat was Sanderson’s son Roy, who would be killed in 1918. Herbert Turner played the part of Mustardseed, one of the fairies in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

After leaving Oundle, he spent some months in France, and then had three years in the engineering shops at St Peter’s and Grey Friars Works back in Ipswich. Later, he visited mills in other parts of the country to gain experience.

In 1911, he joined the Suffolk Territorials and his was one of the first reserve battalions to be sent to France in November 1914. He saw action the following month at Givenchy. Wounded at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, he returned to England to recover and accepted a post with the East Anglian Munitions Committee. In June 1916, he returned to his regiment and was killed in action on 15th July 1916 on the Somme, when his battalion attacked High Wood. He was 24 years old at the time of his death.

He lies buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, near the village of Mametz, close to where he fell.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow