Soldier Spotlight: Staff Sergeant Major Charles Turner

Photograph: Charles T. M. Turner and his army friend outside a tent during World War I, ca. 1915 (SPRA 2011.44.05)

Regimental Number: 30650
Rank: Staff Sergeant Major
Branch: Canadian Army Service Corps

Charles was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia on December 7, 1891. He traveled to Valcartier to enlist in the Canadian Army in September of 1914. While serving in France, Charles was billeted at the Dubois home. He married daughter Jeanne in 1916. They made their home in England for a time, and their first son, Charles, was born on March 13, 1917. From February 1918 onward, Charles served only in England. In January of 1919, he spent some time at an RFC base. After the war, the Turners moved to Calgary, then to Bezanson, where Charles filed on the western half of 33-71-26-W5 in 1919, and finally into Grande Prairie around 1921. Charles died in early 1976 and was buried in the Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Sources: surname file; news clippings

The Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.

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