Day: June 9, 2019

Sunday’s Obituary – Alexander Turner (1884-1940)

Alexander Turner is my great grand uncle – a brother of my my great grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Turner. His parents are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice (my 2x great grandparents).

Alexander was born on 27 November 1884 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

In the 1901 census Alexander has an occupation as “rope minder (or winder) in coal mine”. He was listed as a patient in Leeds General Infirmary. I haven’t been able to find any information as to why he might have been in hospital – perhaps following an accident at work?

In the December quarter of 1904 Alexander married Jane Alice Brotherton in Clitheroe.

By the time of the 1911 census he was a labourer in a bobbin mill. Then in the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) he is described as a “wood turner”.

Over a period of 22 years – from 1905 to 1927 – Alexander and Jane had 12 children.

On 17 February 1940 Alexander passed away and was buried 4 days later at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clitheroe. A brief notice of his death appeared in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 23 February 1940 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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Mr. Alexander Turner, 20 Whipp Avenue, who died on Saturday, had spent much the greater part of his fifty-five years in the service of Mr. Holden at the Albion shuttle and bobbin works, Back Common. The service at Wednesday’s interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery was conducted by the Rev. J. E. Storey, M.A. Mrs. Turner, left with six sons and four daughters, will have general sympathy.

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