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28 Feb 1898
Charles was the only son of Henry (Harry) Robinson Turner and his wife Elizabeth Alice. Henry Robinson was born in Nottingham in 1864 (A/M/J Nottingham) and Elizabeth Alice in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, on 19 January 1863. They had at least two children, both of whom were born in Nottingham: Daisy Lilian b. 16 July 1888 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Charles Edgar Woodhouse b. 28 January 1898 (J/F/M Nottingham) In 1891 Henry (32), a coal merchant's clerk, and Elizabeth (28) were living in Beckenham, Kent, with their daughter, Daisy (2). There was also a Mary L Turner (32 b. Beckenham) in the household who may have been Henry's unmarried sister). By 1901 Henry and Elizabeth were living in Nottingham at 21 Deering Street with their two children, Daisy (12) and Charles (3). Henry was now a coal merchant on his own account. Also in the household on the night of the census were a domestic servant, Maud Scanlon (15), and a boarder, Joseph Smith, a brewer's clerk. Henry died aged 40 in April 1904 (buried 21 April) and his widow married Thomas William Creasey in 1910 (O/N/D Nottingham). Thomas and Elizabeth were living at 201 Wilford Road, Nottingham, in 1911 with Elizabeth's two children, Daisy (22) a cashier for a starch manufacturer, and Charles (13) who was still at school. Thomas Creasey died two years later in December 1913 (buried 31 December) aged 69. Elizabeth was still living at 201 Wilford Road when Charles was killed in 1917. At the time of the 1939 England & Wales Register, Elizabeth was living with her unmarried daughter, Daisy, who worked for a foundry manufacturer, at 199 Derby Road, Nottingham. They were both living at the same address when Elizabeth died on 25 February 1945. Daisy Lilian died on 24 October 1980 at the age of 92. She was then living at 2 Harlaxton Drive, Derby Road, Nottingham.
He was educated at Nottingham High School and was a member of the choir at St Wilfrid's church, Wilford, Nottingham
02 May 1917
4021078 - CWGC Website
201 Wilford Road, Nottingham
Ordinary Signalman
HMS Derwent Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Service Number: Bristol Z/5265. Charles probably served from 1916 when he would have been 18 years old. HMTD Derwent (CWGC). On 2 May 1917 Derwent struck a contact mine laid by German submarine UC-26 off Le Havre, France. She sank 2 cables north of Whistle Buoy at position 49°31’N 000°02’W with the loss of 58 officers and men including Woodhouse. Charles' body was recovered and he was buried in Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre (grave ref: Div 62, I.E.7).
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Only dearly loved brother of Daisy Turner. Faithful unto death' WMA 27279 (tablet) C E W Turner, St Wilfrid's church. South Wilford, Nottingham: 'To the glory of God and in loving memory of Charles Edgar Woodhouse Turner, R.N.V.R. HMS Derwent, for some years a member of the choir of this church, killed on duty 2/5/1917. Interred at Ste Marie Cemetery, Havre, 25/6/1917, aged 19 years. Faithful unto death.' Nottingham Evening Post 9th May 1917 :- “TURNER. – Officially reported lost at sea, May 2nd, Charles Edgar W. Turner, signaller, R.N.V.R., aged 19, dearly loved only son of Mrs. E. A. Creasy and the late Harry Turner.” Above entry courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Probate: Creasey Elizabeth Alice of the White Cottage 199 Derby-road Lenton Sands Nottingham widow died 25 February 1945 Probate Nottingham 21 February to Daisy Lilian Turner spinster and Frank Hodson retired stone merchant. Effects £1448 2s. 11d. Probate: Turner Daisy Lillian of 2 Harlaxton Dv Derby Rd Nottingham died 24 October 1980 Probate Nottingham 24 February £160350
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