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    Newbie cheryl jones's Avatar
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    I am trying to trace John William Turner - Jack - think he was born around 1905-1910.
    I have my fathers birth certificate, he was born Vernon 12/10/1934.
    Subdistrict of Toxteth Partk in the County Borough of Liverpool.
    Father - John Wiliam Turner - Tympanist (Dance Orchestra)
    Mother - Gladys Margaret Jones nee Cox.
    17 Hatherley Street.
    All my father knows is that John Turner was a drummer - tympanist in a band which played on passenger liners.
    He believes at some stage he was involved with the Billy Cotton Band.
    He also thinks he was involved in boxing. He may of been on the Queen Mary with Tommy Farr who was a british pre war heavy weight champion. Or could of been in the band on the Queen Mary.
    The only other thing is he thinks John Turner may have been in the Police Force in Liverpool.
    My father and grandmother were back in Margate in 1939. Not sure when they went back.
    No idea what happened to John Turner. My grandmothers letters from him were destroyed in a house fire.
    Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated as this is like a needle in a haystack to me.

    many thanks

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    Senior Member Samp's Avatar
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    Cheryl, try Free BMD on the internet! I find it useful.

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    Hi Cheryl, you'll probably have more success with the 1911 census. This is offered on sites such as, Find My Past.. If you're not a big footy fan then you can search the 1911 census for free when all England World cup games are on. See the attached link

    Also, any idea were your grandfather was born? Liverpool, or outside?


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    Thanks Daz, have found a J Turner as a musician on the Queen Mary and Empress of Britain. States he was born 1897 in Manchester. Thought if he served in the Police in Liverpool I may be able to find out more. Very frustrating.

    Did find an entry in the 1901 census of a Turner family with John age 4. Family all born Manchester, census was in Kent. Not sure what connection they had there.

    Any help totally appreciated.
    Regards CHeryl.

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