Memorial: William Currie Turner

Private William Currie Turner, of 1st Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, was born in 1889 in Haddington.

William enlisted in 1914 while living and employed, as a Shepherd, in Dalmeny.

As part of the 1st Division, the Battalion was involved in the Battle of Loos, which took place 25th September – 18th October 1915. It was during the battle of Loos that he was killed in action, on 13th October 1915 aged 26.

On 13th October – led by 1st Brigade, the attack of the 1st Division against 1400 yards of enemy positions along the Lens-La Bassée road between Loos and Hulluch was hit by fire of increasing intensity as they approached the German wire 300 yards away. They found that only four passages through the wire had been cleared by the bombardment and despite efforts to cut through, the attack was halted. The survivors withdrew after dark; the Divisions suffered 1,200 casualties.

William is commemorated on Panel Ref: 119-124, Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

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