Guide’s appeal for information about WWI soldier, 16

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A battlefield guide is appealing for information about a teenage soldier who died in World War I.

Nick Ward came across the grave of 16-year-old Charles Turner from Langton during a visit to the battlefields of Belgium last week.

He is now hoping to find relatives of the soldier and is offering to lay a poppy at his grave during a future visit in honour of his memory.

“His resting place is in 
Lijssenthoek cemetery, which was a casualty clearing station in the war, and his name is Charles Turner, who served as a ‘driver’ with the Royal Field Artillery,” said Nick, who 
also took a photograph of his grave.

“Sadly he was injured in an accident and died of his injuries in this hospital a few miles from the front near Poperinghe on September 21, 1915.

“I know his family were farmers from Langton and his father was Benjamin and his mother Anna.

“I am wondering if he still has family in Langton and would like me to lay a poppy in the near future, or if they have, or would like, more information about this young lad who bravely served his country for two months in the front line before he ‘fell.’”

From 1915 until 1920, the hamlet of Lijssenthoek became the venue for the biggest evacuation hospital in the Ypres Salient. To contact Nick email

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