Captain William Turner

Biography of Captain William Turner

William Wagner Turner was born on the 1st of September 1876, and was the son of Daniel - a painter from Glasgow.

William joined the University of Glasgow at the age of 21, in the academic session 1897-98. He matriculated in the faculty of Medicine, enrolling to study Zoology and Chemistry. He must have been successful in these subjects - and in addition in Biology and Natural Philosophy - as he met the criteria for studying Anatomy and Physiology in second year. In his third year William studied material Medica and Advanced Pracitcal Physiology, before taking Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology in his final year. He received a First Class certificate for Surgery in the class of Professor William MacEwen, the eminent doctor who would go on to found and work at the Princess Louise Scottish Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers (later known as Erskine Hospital).

William graduated with an MBChB in 1902. He set up a Medical Practice in Saltcoats, where he was a well-known member of the community. He was also a member of the Ardrossan School Board. He married, and had three children before the outbreak of war. When war broke out, he closed his practice and joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served first in the East, before seeing service on the Western Front.

Captain William Turner was returned to the UK to fight the acute pneumonia he had contracted on active service. He was being treated in a hospital in North England when he died of pneumonia on the 6th of April 1918, at the age of 43. His funeral took place in Adrossan Cemetery.


Captain William Turner
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1242
Photo ID: N/A

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