Service Number
13th/0745
Rank
Corporal
Firstname
Francis
Lastname
Turley
Battalion
13th Battalion B Coy 5 Platoon East Yorkshire Regiment
Notes

Attested 23 November 1914 at City Hall Hull – Medal Index Card entered Egypt 29 December 1915 with 13th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment – Entered Marseilles France 8 March 1916 – 13th Battalion reported missing 13 November 1916 – Missing Casualty List Hull Daily News 09 January 1917 – East Yorkshire Regiment Posted missing Snapper February 1917 – Letter from Red Cross dated 21 May 1917 with Corporal Smith 13th/0887 stating “Sergeant Smith of 5 Platoon a personal friend of Turley told me that he was with him when he was killed in the german lines in the attack on that date. We had to retire later and the dead where left there.” – Reported wounded and missing now Killed Casualty List Hull Daily News 25 June 1917 – Documents Available – Photo and write up – Commemorated Holy Trinity Golden Book – Commemorated East Yorkshire Regiment War Memorial Beverley Minster East Yorkshire – War Diary –

13th November 1916

The 1st wave, under command of Capt Laverack, had no difficulty in taking the German 1st line. The 2nd and 3rd waves went through without difficulty, but by the time the 2nd wave had got to the German 2nd line, the Battalion on our right had got into difficulties, owing to the state of the ground and machine gun fire. The 3rd wave took the Germans 3rd line but what happened after this is not certain, but about 50 men and probably one Officer, are known to have been taken prisoner. The Battalion on our right (2nd Suffolk Regiment) were back in their own front line by 7am. This left the right flank of our Battalion completely exposed and the Germans made at least 3 counter attacks. On our right there (sic) counter attacks were only partially successful, as certain parties were able to hold the German 2nd line until 2.0pm. After this these parties retired, to the German 1st line. The last men left the German 1st line at 8.45pm. From 9.45am to 6pm the Germans barraged all our lines and in particular Caber Trench, where Battalion HQ were situated. Owing to this barrage it was impossible to get either supplies or reinforcements over, though several attempts were made. The Battalion took over 200 prisoners, but a number of these escaped. In addition to the German Artillery barrage, they employed machine guns and snipers in sweeping our trenches and “no mans” land

Age
34
Birthplace
Belfast Ireland
Enlisted
Hull
Residence
Hull
How Died
Killed in Action
Memorial
E 57 QUEENS Cemetery PUISIEUX Somme France
Next of Kin
9 Beaumont Avenue Beaumont Street Hull - Son of Robert and Eliza Turley, of Belfast; husband of Florence May Turley, of 11, Pelham Terrace, Beaumont St., Hull.
Date Died
13-Nov-16