Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Lance Corporal Walter Turner, 18th Battalion, the King’s (Liverpool Regiment), was killed in action on the Somme.
One of a family of seven children, he was educated at Bedford Road Council School in Bootle, and excelled at football and swimming. After leaving school he was employed as an office clerk, but aspired to become an engineer.
Lance Corporal Turner enlisted on the 31st of August in 1914, and arrived on the Western Front in November of the following year. He was hospitalised twice early in 1916, influenza following tonsillitis, but he was deemed fit to join the fighting in time to fall on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
A friend of his family wrote to console them: “Personally, I view his passing in a much higher light than that of mere duty. He personified in his own experience the test, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ It is not given to many to have the courage to die thus nobly. His sacrifice places a greater responsibility upon us all. May we be worthy of it. May we strive to emulate its nobility. I shall ever admire the usefulness of his deeds: I shall ever revere his memory."
Lance Corporal Turner has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, at Picardy in France, and on the war memorial at his school.
Walter, from Liverpool, was 23 years old.