Ernest Turner was born in Hulme in 1897, the son of Samuel and Mary Turner, who later lived at 73 Coare Street, Macclesfield
Before joining the Army, Ernest worked as an apprentice hairdresser for Mr Lomas of Chestergate, Macclesfield.
Ernest enlisted on 6 September 1915, joining the Welsh Cycling Corps with service number 317. He trained for a year in Stockport and was later sent for training to Bedford and Great Yarmouth. Private Turner was drafted overseas on 6 September 1917 and was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers with service number 238106. He was wounded in September 1918 and died at No. 48 Casualty Clearing Station on 6 September 1918, which at that time was near Dernancourt, France.
The death of Private Turner was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 27 September 1918:
Private Ernest Turner, only son of Mr Samuel and the late Mrs Mary Turner, 73 Coare Street, Macclesfield, and grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Isaac Doughty, Hibel Road, and the late Mr and Mrs Joseph Turner, formerly of Chestergate, has died of wounds received in action on the 6th instant. Official information was received by his bereaved father and sisters on the 12th instant. Pte Turner would have been 21 years of age had he lived till Nov 12th.
He enlisted on Sept 6th 1915 and went into training at Stockport for twelve months with the Welsh Cycling Corps. At the expiration of that period he was transferred to Bedford, and then to Great Yarmouth, being drafted out to France on September 6th 1917. He was then transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Pte Turner died as the result of a penetrating shell wound in his left side, at the 48th Clearing Station. By a singular co-incidence he passed away exactly three years to the day of joining up and twelve months to the day of landing in France.
He was educated at Christ Church School under Dr Beach and was a member of the Sunday School when a boy. Afterwards he attended the Parish Church, where for a period he was a choir boy under Mr C Seal. Prior to enlistment he was apprenticed to Mr J Lomas, hairdresser, Jordangate, with whom he has served upwards of four years. Great sympathy is felt by a wide circle of friends for his bereaved father and sisters. Pte Turner was home on leave from July 20 to Aug 2, coming exactly one week too late to see his mother, who died on July 8th. He had only been back in France four weeks and four days when he received the fatal wounds.
Private Ernest Turner is buried at the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, in grave ref. VIII. C. 2. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Ernest Turner, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Ernest Turner is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church and Christ Church School war memorials.
Census (England & Wales): 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 27 September 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.