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William Edward TURNER  William Edward TURNER
Male 1902 - 1981

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  • Nickname  Eddie 
    Birth  14 May 1902  28 Ashington Rd, Fulham, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  4 Jun 1902  St Dionis Parish Church, Parson's Green, Fulham London Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence  Abt 1911  33 Glendarvon Street, Putney. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation  1927  [1
    Assistant. Grocery & Provisions.Mount Street,London 
    Occupation  30 Sep 1929  Manager, Charles Rapson, Tea and Coffee Merchants, 25 Crawford Street, Ma Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Residence  Between 1931 and 1943  113 Stanhope Road, Beckenham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Occupation  1944  Storekeeper(East Malling Stores-W..E.Turner ) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  Between 10 Aug 1944 and 1952  The Stores, High Street, East Malling, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1952 
    Proprietor.Turner's Stores,Horam Road,Heathfield,East Sussex 
    Residence  1952  1 and 2 Oxford Terrace, Hailsham Road, Heathfield, East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1962  Proprietor.Gibby's Tea Cottage Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1962  Gibby's CottageTea Gardens, Jevington, East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1970  Te Whare, Little London, Heathfield, East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence  1973  Moonwood, Horam, East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1977  38 Palesgate Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Cremated  1981  Pembury Crematorium .Ashes in Crowbough Church graveyard. Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    _UID  40D7D47779EEAD438072379622B272F6B40D 
    Died  22 Feb 1981  Pembury Hospital, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9, 11
    Cause: 1a Myocardial Infarction;Ischaemic Heart Disease;Parkinsons Disease. 
    Person ID  I34  British Roots
    Last Modified  11 Jan 2011 
     
    Father  William Edward TURNER,   b. 14 Aug 1867, Sawston, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1938, County Hospital Farnborough, Orpington UD, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Amy BASSETT,   b. 18 Jun 1869, Barcombe Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Mar 1936, Nursing Home, Putney Hill. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Nov 1892  St Wulfram's Church, Grantham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F3  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Edith Alice TIDY,   b. 31 Mar 1905, Braywick Grove, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1999, Crowborough Hospital, E Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Oct 1929  St Mary's Church, Putney Parish Church Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Patricia Edith TURNER
    >2. Rosalie Corinna TURNER
    Family ID  F28  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Gibby's Cottage about 1963
    Gibby's Cottage about 1963
    Gibby's Cottage when the Turner's and their daughter Pat were marooned there by snow which drifted and at one time came near to the top of the groundfloor windows.
    Postcard of Gibby's Cottage in the early 1960s
    Postcard of Gibby's Cottage in the early 1960s
    Air Raid Wardens practising with the stirrup pump.
    Air Raid Wardens practising with the stirrup pump.
    William Edward Turner practised with his fellow wardens and his stirrup pump saved his house in Stanhope Road when an incendiary bomb landed on the roof.
    Bofors Gun
    Bofors Gun
    One of the anti-aircraft guns sited near to Stanhope Grove
    Dig For Victory
    Dig For Victory
    A WW2 Slogan encouraging householders to grow their own food and to keep small livestock. William Edward Turner took this slogan as his own and had an allottment and part of an absent neighbour's garden as well as his previously existing garden. He kept rabbits and chickens,grew his own vegetables and maintained a local collecting point for animal feeds to supply their neighbouring livestock keepers.Unfortunately his wife and daughters refused to eat the home reared chickens and rabbits when they came to the table.
    The Stores East Malling,the village green and the King and Queen public house
    The Stores East Malling,the village green and the King and Queen public house
    The Stores is seen at the left
    Edie and Eddie Turner in the garden of Gibby's Cottage soon after they moved in.
    "Edie" and "Eddie" Turner in the garden of Gibby's Cottage soon after they moved in.
    Poster in buses,trams and trains in 1941
    Poster in buses,trams and trains in 1941
    Glendarvon Street,Fulham
    Glendarvon Street,Fulham
    Where William Edward Turner senior, Amy,Ada,May,Leslie and William Edward Turner junior lived in 1911.
    On holiday
    On holiday
    William Edward Turner,Edith Alice Turner nee Tidy,,Alice Tidy nee Fletcher and Pat Turner on holiday
    The aftermath of a doodlebug
    The aftermath of a "doodlebug"
    Beckenham suffered badly from the German V1 flying bombs during the summer of 1944.Many people were killed and houses were reduced to rubble.
    A V1 Flying Bombs- a doodlebug in flight
    A V1 Flying Bombs- a "doodlebug" in flight
    The V2 rocket
    The V2 rocket
    The first V2 rocket fell on 8th September 1944 and the attacks went on until the 18th September when Londoners believed that they had stopped for good. Unfortunately that was not the case and on 3rd October attacks recommenced. The final V2 rocket was in March 1945 when Londoners were preparing themselves for the onslslaught of the expected V3s.
    The Daily Herald front page in November 1944
    The Daily Herald front page in November 1944
    On 10th November 1944 Churchill announced "We are under attack again" and the press were able to give details of the renewed attacks by V1 flying bombs
    Guarding the remains of a Doodlebug
    Guarding the remains of a Doodlebug
    A policeman guards the remains of one of the first doodlebugs to hit London. Beckenham was the home of the Turner family and suffered quite badly from Doodlebug attack.
    Gas Mask Poster
    Gas Mask Poster
    These were to be seen everywhere the Turner family went in Beckenham and people carried their gas masks with them wherever they went.Rosalie was just old enough to escape the awful contraptions issued for babies under two but was given instead a peculiar affair with flippers at the nose. Both girls had smart "leather" cases for their masks and luminous false flower buttonholes to wear in the blackout.
    Auxiliary Fire Service engine leaving its station
    Auxiliary Fire Service engine leaving its station
    The AFS had a station at the top of Stanhope Grove and the sound of their clanging bells was heard repeatedly during the nights of the blitz
    Shelter Regulations
    Shelter Regulations
    Instructions for a Safe Room about 1938
    Instructions for a "Safe Room" about 1938
    William Edward and Edith
    William Edward and Edith
    William Turner and Edith Turner nee Tidy on holiday in Bognor
    Convocation Day
    Convocation Day
    William Edward Turner 1902 with Pat at the Albert Hall after the award of her post graduate degree from the Royal College of Art in 1956
    Wendy and Cuckoo
    Wendy and Cuckoo
    The two dogs owned by the Turners when they lived in Heathfield. Wendy Lou was a crossbred Cocker Spaniel x Retriever and Cuckoo was a mongrel bought by Pat at an auction in Maidstone Market for 5/-.
    Part of the shop on the corner of Church Walk and the High Street in East Malling Kent.
    Part of the shop on the corner of Church Walk and the High Street in East Malling Kent.
    A view of the shop once run by Eddie and Edie Turner. This is the view looking down Mill Street towards St James Church.The section of shop premises shown is now a Tandoori House but was then the grocery,greengrocery and confectionary section with the tearoom entrance in Church walk to the left hand side of the picture and the library,drapery proprietary medicines and toy section out of sight in the High Street.
    Wedding
    Wedding
    An informal picture of the wedding of William Turner and Edith Tidy. Left to right-Dorothy Abbott,Leslie Turner,William Turner,Edith Tidy,May Turner,Alfred Tidy.Page Boy unknown
    113 Stanhope Grove about 1930
    113 Stanhope Grove about 1930
    The front of 113 Stanhope Grove showing the new garden constructed by William Edward Turner
    William Edward Turner
    William Edward Turner
     
    Documents
    World War 2 Air Raid Warden's Form
    World War 2 Air Raid Warden's Form
    William Edward Turner 1902-1981 was graded as unfit for service in the armed forces but instead he was a firewatcher at his London shop premises and as air raid warden at home in Beckenham.

    As an air raid warden he patrolled his allocated patch,knocking up householders if their blackout was faulty,helping to dig out those buried in the debris…
    Flying Bombs on Beckenham
    Flying Bombs on Beckenham
    Pat and Rosalie Turner were too young to appreciate the danger posed by flying bombs and on an occasion when Pat was on a bus to visit the Odeon cinema in Beckenham she was astounded to see her mother cycling wildly behind the bus after her. This was because a flying bomb was overhead and the engine had just cut out.

    Subsequently Pat and her…
     
    Histories
    The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
    The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
    William Edward Turner's party piece at war time concerts in Beckenham.
     
    Recordings
    The WW2 Air Raid Warning
    The WW2 Air Raid Warning
    This was the signal to take cover in the Air raid shelter William Edward had built at the bottom of the garden. He was pouring concrete for the roof on the morning war was declared. Immediately after the broadcast the first air raid warning was sounded. Luckily it was a false alarm because a hit on the shelter at that time would have entombed the family in wet concrete.
    Bombed Out
    Bombed Out
    The Turners lived in Beckenham during the second world war and their road was quite severely damaged. The only direct hit on the house was an incendiary bomb which Eddie was able to deal with by stirrup pump. However their terrace of five houses took three hits overall with a high explosive in the entry way to the recreation ground next to 110 and a another high explosive which failed to go off next door at 114. This is a lady describing her experience of being bombed .
    Alvar Liddell reads the midnight BBC news
    Alvar Liddell reads the midnight BBC news
    The adults of the family invariably listened to the BBC midnight news. The BBC news was always followed by "The National Anthem" and as the house was terraced and the "wireless" was against a neighbours wall there was an occasion when the neighbours arrived at the door to celebrate. Having heard the National Anthem through the wall they thought that the war was over.
    The Auxillery Fire Service
    The Auxillery Fire Service
    There was a station for the wartime Auxillery Fire Service (AFS) just up the road from the house in Beckenham.
    Reporting the blitz
    Reporting the blitz
    Luckily Beckenham was a few miles away from the scene described but Pat Turner remembers watching the terrible fires as they lit up the whole skyline.
    The family watched from the window from where they had watched the Crystal Palace fire some years before.Then they realised that they had better go down to the shelter.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Family Sources (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5] GRO (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S19] Baptism Certificate (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S23] Leslie Turner (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S20] Invoice for Wedding Cake (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S36] British Phone Books 1880-1984 Release 1 (Reliability: 3).
      Rapson,Charles Ltd,Tea and Coffee Merchants,25 Crawford Street,London,W1 Paddington 7438

    7. [S21] Birth Certificate of Patricia Turner (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S36] British Phone Books 1880-1984 Release 1 (Reliability: 3).
      Turner,W E 113 Stanhope Grove,Beckenham,Kent Beckenham 4537

    9. [S29] Copy Death Cirt (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S15] Family Sources.

    11. [S5] GRO (Reliability: 2).
      1981 March qtr Vol 16 Page 2515

  

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