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Re: Joe TURTON & Mary SWALLOW - 1881 Census Holmfirth, Yorkshire
Posted by: Tony Lund (ID *****3294) Date: September 22, 2009 at 03:08:32
In Reply to: Re: Joe TURTON & Mary SWALLOW - 1881 Census Holmfirth, Yorkshire by Darryl Pearce of 465

I have some information on the First World War period at Holmfirth.

There is a page on my website which gives information on Wilson Turton and his brother in law, Joseph Burgess, who were both killed serving with the Australian Army. In fact Wilson enlisted when Joseph was killed at Gallipoli on Tuesday August 10th 1915; Both men had family in Holmfirth. Wilson was the thirty-eight years old son of Holmfirth’s Joe and Mary Turton, before enlisting he was employed as a stoker. He lived at 7 Melrose Street, Newport, Victoria, with his wife Mary, who was later to remarry and become Mary Elizabeth Jackson. They had three children.


Open page: Holmfirth's Australians.

Scroll down to August 1915 for Joseph Burgess and June 1918 for Wilson Turton.

Other Turton infomation:

May 1915: Wounded at this time were Lance Corporal Harry Turton and Private Sam Coldwell, both wounded by the same shell as Private Cunningham from nearby Denby Dale,

October 1916: Fred Turton was killed, he lived at 19 Greenhill Bank Road, New Mill. The thirty-four year old husband of Rosa Turton, he was born at Holmfirth, the son of Joe and Mary Turton of Cinderhills, before enlisting at Huddersfield, he had worked as a tenterer for B. Mellor & Sons Limited at Albert Mills, Holmfirth. A Private (32665), 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, he was killed in action on Sunday October 15th when his Battalion took part in an attack at the Rainbow Trench, after which they returned to Needle Trench. His mother was informed he was missing after action on October 15th and he was confirmed killed later. His brother Wilson Turton was killed serving with the Australian Army in 1918, and another brother, Harold, was taken prisoner on May 3rd 1917.

On June 16th 1917 the Holmfirth Express appealed to the troops for any information on a number of missing men, most of them were from the May 3rd attack, including Harold Turton, the twenty year old brother of Fred Turton who was killed on the Somme.

May 1918: A postcard from Private H. Turton who had been captured on 3rd May 1917 stated that he was never better.

Early February 1919 Private H. Turton of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment returned home.

Tony Lund.

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