William George Turner  1889 – 1958

 Born 26/10/1889 in Lindsell Village. Parents were George Turner, farmer, and Charlotte Caroline (Parchment). Eldest child of three.Have b.c.BT4. . . . For his ancestors and descendants see tree at end of page


Lindsell School

Siblings:    Harold Turner, born 20/10/1890 Dorothy Lily Turner, born 9/10/1894, in Stebbing.

Harold was baptised 12/4/1891 & Dorothy Lily was baptised 11/11/1894 as a Primitive Methodist,.. But no entry for William George. Also a Cuttle collection of newspaper articles relating to Stebbing T/P 181/10/26. And D/Z 2/18/42 Land tax assessments for Stebbing

1891 Census The family were living at Near the Mill, Lindsell. He was staying with his grandparents on census day (or for longer) at Carters Farm, Bardfield Road, Stebbing.

1892. He was admitted to Lindsell School - from E/MA 27/1- on 31/10/92, his date of birth recorded as 26/10/89, parent George Turner, Lindsell, presented to std.4, May '94, and withdrawn in September ['94] . This was presumably the date that the family moved from Lindsell to the Down, Stebbing.

1894. Family living at the Downs, Stebbing, when his sister, Dorothy Turner, was born, October 1894.

1894. From E/MA 26/1 Wm. Geo Turner was admitted on 1/10/94, date of birth given - incorrectly - as 7/10/89, father Geo.Turner, the Downs, to Stebbing Infants School, admission number 571. His brother, Harold Turner, was admission number 572. His future friend, George Schlueter, date of birth given as 25/1/90, father Daniel Schlueter, Village, admission number 519, had started here on 1/3/93.

1896. From E/MA 26/3 Admissions Stebbing School 1896-1919, Willie G Turner, admission number 732, date of birth given - incorrectly - as 7/10/89, father Geo.Turner, the Downs, was admitted to Stebbing School, on 15/5/96. His future friend, George Schlueter, date of birth given as 25/1/90, father Daniel Schlueter, White Heart, was admitted on the same day. Willie obtained std 1 in 1897, std 2 in 1898, std 3 in 1899 and std 4 in 1900. No date of leaving. George progressed more rapidly, achieving std 4 by 1899, when he appeared to leave Stebbing?, or maybe just the school to go elsewhere?

Also T/Z 561/1/21 gives educational conditions up to 1903, with details of Stebbing School timetable in 1893. Do Electoral Roll Books exist 1892-1910 for Lindsell/Stebbing?

1899. School photos from 1899 -thanks to Stebbing Historical Society


I think that Willie and brother Harold, 1 year younger, are the 2 in the back row, extreme right . & that sister, Dorothy, 1894, could be in the middle of the front row

( to me they resemble my cousins, Bob & Ron Turner, Willie's grandsons, at the ~same age ~ 1955 )


I think that Willie and brother Harold are in the back row of boys, 2nd & 5th from the left. Not sure on Dorothy here

1901 Census.

William   Turner 60 widow, Farmer
George , son    35   Horseman on farm, b. Stebbing  
Charlotte C 31   b. Bethnal Green
William G.  11 b. Lindsell
Harold     11   b. Lindsell
Dorothy L.  6     b. Stebbing

On the above , Harold's age should show as 10.

~1903. Would have left school. Articled to a carpenter?? Does he remain at the farm till almost 1911,[ seems still to be there in 1909 - E.Y. Muster Roll] or does he find work elsewhere, maybe in Ipswich??

1905. His widowed grandfather mysteriously remarries, in Lambeth, a neighbouring widow!

1907-1910. Served with the Essex Imperial Yeomanry and then Essex Yeomanry (TF) from 1907 to 1910. The following from an informant, Ian, who replied to a post from David on WW1 forum.: . . . 'All the references I have for him give only a single name and the identification rests on his occupation and age! William enlisted as number 1013, C Squadron, Essex IY on 12 December 1907. He was 18 and a carpenter - tying in with the information you give. He was renumbered as 213 when enlisting in EY(TF) in 1908. In the muster roll in 1909 William's address is given as Stebbing. He was discharged, time expired 11 December 1910.'

D/Z 102/1 gives the muster roll 1901-1909. This ERO ref .

WGTurner,Essex Yeomanry

I suspect that one of the others on this photo was George Schlueter, enlistment number 1015,[ in centre according to Daphne Schlueter] childhood friend & his future Best Man, who enlisted with him and that the other could be enlistment number 1014!.

1909. He attended the Essex Yeomanry camp in Sudbury in late May. After this his 4 yr old dark bay gelding fetched 10 guineas at the end of training horse sale in Castle Hedingham


Look at D/P 86/30/2 Parish meeting Minutes 1894-1915

C/E 1/2/15 -25 gives Electoral Rolls, including Stebbing & Great Dunmow for 1903 - 1913

1911C. Aged 22, visitor,carpenter & joiner, living with the Meads [mother & 2 daughters] in Wheatsheaf Inn, North Street, Dunmow


1911 In November 1911 his parents and sister leave on SS Orama to emigrate to Australia. Have not found when brother Harold left - he not found in 1911C . Harold's January 1967 d.c. states 55 years in Victoria, which would have him arriving there in 1911- I asume he went out ahead, Jan-April 1911. ].


Cobbold Street

1912. Banns were read on June 2,9 & 16 for the marriage of W G Turner of St Margaret Ipswich to E C Mead of the parish of G.D.- A 12074 G.D. Banns

1912 . 24/06/1912. William George Turner married Edith Constance Mead in Great Dunmow Parish Church. Both ages are given as 22. His occupation is given as carpenter, that of his father, George Turner as farmer, and that of Edith’s father, Walter Mead (deceased) as licensed victualler.Witnesses are Richard  Florence Robinson, Edith’s aunt, Ellen Annie’s sister} and George Schlueter - he is with 2 of his siblings & his mother & stepfather Charles Boyton at the White Hart in Stebbing in 1911C, and he enlisted into the Essex Yeomanry with William George Turner in 1907 and was living in Stebbing in 1901C, mother Laura, 41, keeping the White Hart. . Message from Ian Wilmour: "Christian George Peter Schlueter, to give his full name, enlisted in Essex IY on the same day as your grandfather and was also from Stebbing where his mother kept the White Hart (1901). So I am guessing that they were friends long before 1912. George enlisted as number 1015 but was quicker off the mark in re-enlisting in the Essex Yeo (TF) as number 42. He was dsicharged in March 1913 and joined the Metropolitan Police in April 1913 as PC 505 in E Division. According to his nephew, Bryan, he was called up to the Army in March 1918. George's death was reported in the Essex Yeo Journal for 1957, his death being registered in the 1st quarter of 1957 in Dunmow district" . Christian George Schlueter was born Stebbing; his father Daniel, a British Subject, Publican and Carrier at the White Hart Stebbing, in 1891C, was born Germany and was drowned at sea in 1897. Have emailed his nephew Bryan 30/4/2010 and am now in email contact with Bryan's widow, Daphne]. Stebbing Historical Society, April 2013, has a picture of a Boyton Carrier wagon.

When he got married on a Monday, 24/06/1912, he was living at 49, Cobbold St. Ipswich. [1911C: family of 4 called Roper living at this address] Possess a wedding cake card from the marriage- inherited by my mother, their daughter. . MT4. The recepcion was at The Wheatsheaf - have invitation card on Edith's page.

Look up D/P 86/1/14 to see if the wedding Banns for William George Turner were read in Stebbing , or more likely in Ipswich?. And banns in Dunmow - A12074 - & this also includes data on the school 1857-1888.





1913. Lionel Dudley Turner is born at 28 Gatacre Road, Ipswich. 27/08/1913[ in family Bible].

1914.  Living at 9/14?, Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Rise, Willesden. Hazel Richardson has/had a postcard from Edith’s sister, from Biarritz.

buchgdns . .. .buchanan gardens

Buchanan Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Buchanan Gardens 2010

1914 - 1918 What did he do in World War 1? He was in the Essex Yeomanry 1907-1910, but did he re-enlist?- not before Feb1915. I cannot trace a medal card that might be his, but if he only served in England there would be no medal card.. Electoral Registers for Kensal Rise/Willesden only exist from 1922, in the LMA: the following are the conditions then existing for being included in them _ 1884 All male householders and tenants paying £10 per annum[ quite a low sum - 2 basic rooms would cost this] could vote. 1918 All men over 21 and married women over 30 could vote . 1928. All women over 21 could vote.

Compulsory conscription started in 1916 for all men of his age not in reserved occupations. Stebbing Church has a Roll of Honour for those Stebbing [ but he had moved away by 1912!] men who served in WW1: this includes F & P Schlueter [ but seemingly not his friend Christian George Schlueter] and E, G, L J, R & R Lagden.


The Essex Yeomanry Museum, Chelmsford has an Obituary of William George Turner, but this turned out just to say 'In Memoriam'

Eventually, in March 2020, we discovered he was in the RN RV , actually not enlisting in the RN proper until 1918- and then quickly transferring to the RAF!

1915Joan Edith Turner is born 10 February 1915 at the Wheatsheaf Inn, [38, North Street], Dunmow. This is Ellen Annie Robinson (Mead)’s house: she is Edith Mead’s mother.Birth registered by E. C. Turner, mother, Wheatsheaf Inn on 30/03/1915. Father, William George Turner, is a carpenter[journeyman]. Have b.c.BT1. Image on Joan's page.

38 North Street, Dunmow - photo held by John Kettle


Christian George Schlueter's 1922 wedding - do not think William George Turner is in this photo.


1917, "16/12/17 To Will and Edie, Wishing you both a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from your affectionate bro Harold". Both this card and the one below [ in possession of Hazel Richardson] addressed to 9 Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Rise, Willesden, London. Thus seems likely that they were living in Kensal Rise from 1914 until 1917 at least. Will was maybe not around at the time of Edgar's visit, but sounds as though Edgar might have met him? Has number in Buchanan Gardens changed from 14 in 1914 to 9 here.?

1918. His wife received a postcard from L.A. Edgar, who was serving in the Australian Army with William's brother, Harold Turner,1890. " 10/2/16 Dear Mrs Turner, I wish to thank you for the way you treated me on my visit to England. I have been bad with a terrible cold since I have been back. In fact I have been nearly dead with it. I hope you and Will and the children are well. I have received my photos but had to send them all home. I am getting some more so will send you one. Yours etc L A Edgar. 8223 Pte L A Edgar 2nd Field Bakery, base 5 19th AASC. A P O 4." Although this card does say 1916, this must be wrong: from their service records, Harold Turner & Leslie Andrew Edgar only had leave in England in the last 2 weeks of Jan 1918.

1918. William George Turner, being already in the R N V R 17861, joined the RN, on 24/1/1918: was on the President(shore) until 29/1/1918: then on the Tregantle( likely also a shore station) until 8/2/1918; then in Wormwood Scrubbs until 3/31 of March: character V G , ability satisfactory


He then transferred to the RAF : his number 248169, Wife Edith was living at 9 Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Rise, Willesden . He became an Air Mechanic He was discharged to the Naval Reserve on 11/2/1919 and he was deemed discharged 30/4/1920


He was an A M 1: character fair; degree of proficiency satisfactory/ In June 1918 he was confined to barracks for 14 days for Drunkeness. And in Seotember 1918 he was confined to barracks for 5 days for conduct to the prejudice of good order


Studied the Electoral registers 1922-1938 for Kensal Rise, LMA, August 2010; unfortunately they do not have them for pre 1922. Could not find Buchanan Gardens in 1922 X110/280. First found him and his wife on fiche X110/281 Harlesden Ward, in 1926, at 9 Buchanan Gardens with 2 Jinks. WG & EC Turner still there with 2 Jinks on X110/297 in 1928, and on X110/318 in 1930 with 4 Jinks. But no mention of them there in 1932 X110/342. And could not find them in 1932, 1936, 1937 or 1939 anywhere in Cavendish Road[ Willesden West, N.Kilburn ward, then Mapesbury Ward, X110/342, ,X110/341, X114/196, X114/195. X114/592, X114/593??] which is where Hazel thought they lived for some time after leaving Buchanan Gardens . London Electoral Registers now available online, Ancestry, and the 2 of them are listed from 1922-1931 at 9 Buchanan Gardens. Have another look at these for 1932 onwards- 2014/5

1932.. The family have moved elsewhere in the area.. But where ?? Daughter, Joan, is sent to a Willesden Convent School, probably in Sep 1927. Also son Lionel joined the St.Martins, Kensal Rise Temperance Society in November 1925[ as a reaction to his father's drinking?]. Then, at some stage, whilst he, William George, was away working, his wife apparently decided to give up this nice house[Hazel's memories of what Mum told her -thought the 'nice house' was in Cavendish Road] and moved to Goodmayes. Family were at 42 Westwood Road, Goodmayes 1938-end 1940 at least [ daughter Joan got married from here, Dec 1940, and a postcard , recorded on her page, is sent there in 1938]. Then , & by 1942 , to Ilford. From 1944? until his death in 1958 in the upstairs flat of 87, Endsleigh Gardens, Ilford.Registers for Ilford after 1918 and Wanstead and Woodford after 1945 are held at the London Borough of Redbridge Local Studies and Archives, Local History Room, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA. Search for Westwood Road, Endsleigh Gardens and Courtland Avenue[for Joan Lyons]. No Goodmayes Electoral Rolls held in the ERO.

In the Second World War it is thought that William George Turner worked away from home. By the end of the war, Joan and family moved to 92 Herongate Gardens, Wanstead Park, within walking distance of Endsleigh Gardens. So he used to visit them occasionally, and definitely for birthdays and Christmas. Then in 1953 Joan moved a bit further away, to Woodford Green, so I expect visits were less frequent. He used to tell his granddaughter Hazel that he was a mechanic when she met him, near Endsleigh Gardens, coming home from work. I also walked with Hazel through Wanstead Park to Endsleigh Gardens during the years 1950-1953. But I always thought of him as a carpenter. He had a penchant for horses, cards and drink but, in my eyes, was a cheerful soul. His carpentry tools were in my parents' garage up to 2006.

1939. William George Turner, born 26/10/1889, foreman carpenter, is living in the house of Alfred Brown, 1903, foreman leadlight glazing dept, at 162 Park Road, Kingston upon Thames. His daughter Joan Edith Turner, born 10/2/191., book keeper, is living 42 Westwood Road, Ilford with his wife,Edith Constance Turner, born 11/2/1890. Turner has been crossed out and Lyons written over Joan's entry

1940. His daughter Joan married but he was, supposedly, not invited to the wedding, lest he got drunk.

. . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..william george turner

87 Endleigh Gardens, Ilford in 2008; his rented flat was on the upper floor. Photo from the 1950s?

1958.  He died, aged 68, of a coronary thrombosis and of coronary heart disease at 87, Endsleigh Gardens on 15/04/1958. His death cert., DT4, gives his occupation then as Storekeeper (Thermal Insulation Contractors): he had not retired. He left £143.14.6d. . His funeral on 19/04/1958 at Barkingside Cemetery[ less than 2m to north of where he lived] cost £51.10.6d. I attended this -from Northampton, where we had moved to in Jan.1958 - and remember wearing a black armband on my pink, dullish, coat. Do not think that a headstone was erected.





Places he lived:

1889. Lindsell, near the mill.

1891.Duck End Farm Stebbing, with grandparents, maybe just for the day!

1894 The Down, Stebbing.

1901. Carters/Duck End Farm Stebbing

1911. The Wheatsheaf, Great Dunmow, probably just visiting.

1912-1913. 49, Cobbold Street, Ipswich.

1914. 9/12 , not sure of this, Buchanan Gardens Kensal Rise

1916-1931 . 9 Buchanan Gardens, Kensal Rise.

1932-~1936. Cavendish Road- no proof of this , Kensal Rise.

1938 -~1942, 42 Westwood Road, Goodmayes

1942-1958. 87, Endsleigh Gardens, Ilford


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