Barbara writes from British Columbia. Her Grandfather, Frank W. Turner, was born in Birmingham and lists 9 Bournville Lane, Stirchley as his residence and that of his next of kin, a James Turner (undefined relationship) in September 1914, on his signup papers for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He served with distinction as a medic in Flanders, and after the war settled in West Toronto, Canada with his wife Lilian, having Barbara’s father James in the 1920s. Any information is most welcome – leave a comment, or e-mail us and we’ll pass it on.

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  • Lynne:

    James Turner was born in 1856, in Yardley and is the father of Frank. He was a train driver.
    Frank also had at least one brother, John (1884) and two sisters, Alice (1882) and Ada (1888).
    Marriages Sep 1880
    James Turner: Aston, 6d 421
    Rose Ellen Lockley: Aston, 6d 421
    In 1881 he was a Railway fireman, living with wife Rose at 5 Winchester Place, Aston.
    By 1891, James was a train driver living at 4 Reginald Road, Aston, Saltley, Birmingham, with Alice, John and Ada and Rose’s widowed mother, Elizabeth Lockley.
    By 1901 he has moved to 9 Bournville Lane.

    1918 and 1919 Absent Voters List at 9 Bournville Lane:
    John Turner 184125 Cpl, RE
    Frank Turner 33191 CAMC, Canada

    Death Jun 1912: Rose E Turner aged, 58, Birmingham, 6d 188

    In September 1913 a James Turner married Sarah A Shirley (Kings Norton 6d 254). Whether or not this is your James, I don’t know, but a Sarah A Turner was on the Electoral Roll at 9 Bournville Lane from 1920 until at least 1935.

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