Private John Williamson Turkington
Born Wortley, Leeds. 29th June 1889
Died 21st September 1974 in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.
John (Jack) Williamson Turkington, son of Joseph and Emily Turkington, was working in the family hardware business and living at 2, Doncaster Street Leeds when war was declared.
On the 6th of September 1914 age 25, he enlisted with the “Pals” and was immediately posted to 'A' Company, 1 Platoon, Section No.1, where he become the servant and batman to Lieutenant Evelyn Henry Lintott, his commanding officer.
Shortly before enlisting in 1910
A few months later John married his sweetheart Clara (Nellie) Freegard also from Leeds. They became proud parents to their daughter Mary, who was born in November 1915.
Clara (top left) who also served.
He served with the Pals at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.
On the 17th April 1917, during the battle of Arras, John was captured and became a Prisoner of War. He was not repatriated until the end of the war, and was discharged from military service on the 11th April 1919.
In 1920 he, Clara and daughter Mary emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where for many years John worked as a driver with the Hudson’s Bay Company. They had two sons, Edward and William, who both served in the Canadian forces during World War Two. In 1955, John and Clara retired to Saanichton, near Victoria, where he spent several years as the caretaker at St Stephen’s Anglican Church.
Picture on the left of John Williamson Turkington and Clara Eleanor in May 1959 Both aged 71
Then advancing in age, in 1970 moved to nearby Sidney BC, where on the 21st September 1974, John Williamson Turkington, aged 85, died.
His wife, Clara, survived him by six months.
With special thanks to the descendants of J.W.Turkington in Canada, who have donated photographs, information and a great deal of time in helping to complete this profile