Frederick Harding Turner

9 mars 2018


Frederick Harding Turner (29 May 1888 – 10 January 1915) was a Scotland rugby union player. He was killed in World War I in the trenches near Kemmel on 10 January 1915 in a trench occupied by his platoon of the Liverpool Scottish when overseeing the organisation of a barbed wire entanglement.




Turner was educated at Sedbergh and Trinity College, Oxford. He played for Oxford University RFC, and Liverpool RFC and was capped 15 times for Scotland in 1911-14, becoming captain of the squad in 1914. Turner was a back-row forward, who had taken the kicks in the last match before the war : a Calcutta Cup match at Inverleith (Edinburgh), which Scotland lost 15-16. James Huggan and John George Will also played in this match.He also played first-class cricket, for the Oxford University Cricket Club.

He is buried in an isolated plot in Kemmel churchyard, not in one of the larger Commonwealth cemeteries.

He payed 11 times with Eric Milroy and played with him against France in 1913, Scotland won by 21-3. His brother Willam Stuart TURNER is burried to Menin gate to Ieper.