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Turner, Frederick Blair, 1898-1980 (Major and medic)



  • Existence: 1898 - 1980


Frederick Blair Turner was born at Raipur in the Central Province of India on 14.12.1898, the only son of Frederick Charles Turner (1872-1950), I.C.S., Deputy Commissioner of the Central Provinces, 1908-23, and Jacqueline Southey. Turner was educated at Tonbridge School, (1912-17) and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was admitted on 1.10.1917. At this point his education was interrupted by the war: he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A.) and was sent to France in March, 1918 as lieutenant in the 9th Siege Battery, with whom he served as artillery signalling officer until the armistice. After demobilisation in February, 1919 Turner went up to Cambridge, where he matriculated, May 1919, taking his degree (B.A. Physiology) in 1921. Thereafter he continued his training as a doctor at the London Hospital, (M.R.C.S., 1926, B. Chir. M.B. Cantab. 1937). Turner joined the Sudan medical service in 1929 and was an Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T.) specialist at the government hospital in Jerusalem between 1938-43. Then, as a major in the R.A.M.C, Turner served in India (1944-45) and with the B.O.A.R (1946). After the war he was made E.N.T. Registrar at Portsmouth Eye and Ear Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham in 1953. He died on 23 August, 1980.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Lieutenant F. B. Turner: letters to his father F. B. Turner (Deputy Commissioner, Raipur, India)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9588
Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of 36 letters and telegrams, written between March 1918 and February 1919, to his father in India, describing his experiences as an artillery signalling officer in Flanders, during the last year of the First World War.

Dates: 1918-1919
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