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  cap badgePrivate John Turkington

7th/8th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service No: 23358

John Turkington grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Annie Turkington. Husband of Elizabeth (Lizzie) McGeown (03/09/1888- ) of 215s Main St, Coatbridge. They married on the 12/07/1912 in Derrymacash, Armagh. They moved to Coatbridge shortly after and had 2 young children, James Edward Turkington born on the 19/05/1913 and John Turkington born on the 12/08/1915. In his Will dated 20/07/1916 John's effects and property were received by his wife Lizzie Turkington. John had 3 cousins who fell, Private Edward Turkington (13072) of the 8th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers who fell on the 20/12/1918, Private William Turkington (11020) of the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry who fell on the 19/12/1914 and Private James Turkington (B/7627) also of the 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry who fell on the 20/12/1914. (NONE of these men are on the Memorial. See photos for information on the 3 cousins and the family kindly added from Robert D Corrins' fantastic book, St. Patrick's Roll of Honour). From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 43 Derryadd, Montiaghs, Armagh - John Turkington aged 47, Annie Turkington aged 42, Sarah Anne Turkington aged 21, John Turkington aged 13, James Turkington aged 9. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - 49 Derryadd, Montiaghs, Armagh - John Turkington aged 52, Ann Turkington aged 48, Sarah Ann Turkington aged 28, John Turkington aged 22, James Edward Turkington aged 17, fathers grandson Edward Turkington aged 7, fathers granddaughter Sarah Ann McDonnel aged 4. John's Pension was awarded to his wife Elizabeth on the 10/12/1917. Their 2 children are also listed.

Born / Resided

Derryadd, Co. Armagh / 215s Main St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action 07/06/1917




Tennents Foundry / Agricultural Labourer at home aged 22



Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 42), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

From October 1914 to the summer of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) formed the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for a while French) forces. From April 1915, the town was bombarded and destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on the western front. YPRES TOWN CEMETERY, close to the Menin Gate, was used from October 1914 to May 1915, and once in 1918. The cemetery contains 145 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, grouped in plots among the civil graves.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived in France in February 1916 and were part of the 49th Brigade, 16 (Irish) Division. The 7th and 8th Battalions amalgamated with each other on the 15/10/1916. John fell on the opening day of the Battle Of Messines. The 7th – 14th June 1917: the Battle of Messines. A brilliantly planned and executed attack that resulted in the capture of the Wytschaete - Messines ridge south of Ypres, a feature that had given the British problems since 1914 and which was important to hold for future offensive operations in Flanders. Commenced with one of the heaviest artillery bombardments of the war and the explosion of nineteen enormous and long-prepared underground mines. The 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) Division captured Wytschaete. John is also remembered on the St. Patrick's Roll of Honour (see photos) and the St. Patrick's (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, the Family listing in the 1901 Ireland Census, the Family listing in the 1911 Ireland Census, John's listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial x 2, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, John's Pension Records x 2 and the Royal Irish Fusiliers Cap Badge.

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