Arthur Turrell

Arthur Turrell (1896 – 1918) lived at 56 Albert Street when he started at North School.  His mother Florence died in 1907 and in 1911 Arthur lived with his father and younger brother Robert at 5 Marquis of Granby Yard.  He had left school to work as a signal box lad on the Great Eastern Railway.

Arthur joined the 10th Essex Regiment and was killed during the German spring advance in the Somme area.  On 23rd September at 9am news was received that the enemy was advancing through Freres Wood and Arthur’s battalion were ordered to take up the line running through the wood.  The war diary recounts events on this day:

“This order was carried out immediately…attacked by overwhelming numbers of the enemy.  Battalion fought hard and long until both flanks were found to be up in the air. At this point the Commanding Officer…was mortally wounded in making a counter attack.  6pm The battalion were forced to withdraw.”

Arthur was killed during this attack.  He is remembered on the memorial at Pozieres.


Sources
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
1911 Census
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
British Army War Diaries 1914 – 1922, 10th Battalion Essex Regiment
CWGC