Wedding Wednesday – Edna Fletcher and James Horace Turner

Edna Fletcher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed. Her parents are Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Edna was born on 19 June 1914 in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Edna’a first occupation after leaving high school was as a school teacher. She left home in Clitheroe and moved to Halifax, West Yorkshire. However the lure of home must have been strong because she applied for and was successful in getting a job at Gisburn School in Lancashire. The following brief report is from the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 6 November 1936.

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Appointment Confirmed

Mr Douglas reported that the sub-committee appointed to deal with the vacancy on the Gisburn Council School staff interviewed the candidates, finally recommending the appointment of Miss Edna Fletcher, of Clitheroe, aged 22, who was transferring from Halifax. The meeting formally concurred.

In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2, Edna was living at home with her parents at Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Her occupation is given as “Teacher elementary school”.

Just short of three years later Edna married James Horace Turner in July 1942. The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times of 24 July 1942 carried an announcement of the wedding.

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The wedding took place in Shropshire, on Tuesday week, of Pte. H Turner, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Frank Turner, 66 Pimlico Road, and Miss Edna Fletcher, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Fletcher, Chester Avenue, Clitheroe. Pte. Turner, now serving with the Pioneer Corps, was formerly employed at the Albion Bobbin Works. His bride is a school teacher at Gisburn.

The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times then had another report on 9 October 1942.

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GISBURN SCHOOL PRESENTATION – On Monday last, Miss Dorothy Bleazard, head girl, presented an electric fire to Mrs Turner (nee Miss Edna Fletcher) on behalf of the staff and scholars of Gisburn School on the occasion of her recent marriage.

James and Edna didn’t have any children.

They were married for almost 40 years before Edna passed away on 31 January 1982. James died in the year 2000, his death is registered in the fourth quarter of that year in Birkenhead, Cheshire.

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