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Title First World War Diary of Arthur Turner, 1917-1919
Author Turner, Arthur J (1885-1974)
Date 1917-1919
Document Type Personal Account
Reference M-1255-1
Library / Archive Glenbow Museum
Collection Name Arthur Turner Fonds
Description Diary kept by Arthur Turner while serving overseas during the First World War. He describes his journey from Southampton to Le Harve, marching from place to place, drawing arms and rations, living in a German dug out, digging graves for the dead, blowing up barbed wire, stealth missions by moonlight, going over the top and making advancements and seeing the death of his friends.
Series Description From Series 1 – Textual records, 1892-1973. 12.5 cm of textual records. The series consists of Arthur's diaries, correspondence, war papers, memberships and memoirs; Florence's certificates and papers regarding United Church activities; and newspaper clippings about the family. Includes some documents related to friend Walter Smith.
Biographical Note / History Arthur J. Turner (1885-1974) was born in Scotland. He came to Canada in 1905. In 1908 he worked on the Northern Ontario Railway, then moved to Calgary, Alberta later that year, where he boarded with the Griffith Parry family. Arthur and the Parry family subsequently homesteaded in the Munson / Morrin area. In 1915 he married Florence Carrington (1898-1978) and they had four children: Audrey (Gibson), Roy R. Turner, Arthur John "Bud" Turner (1921-2004), and David Arthur Turner (who died as a child). During the First World War Arthur served overseas with the Canadian Mounted Rifles, Lord Strathcona Horse, and 50th Battalion. After the war the Turners settled in Calgary and Arthur worked as a carpenter in his own building contracting business. He was a Social Credit supporter and a Mason. Florence was active in the North Hill United Church and volunteer community work. Arthur's brother, Fred Turner, came to Canada in 1912. He died in 1916 while fighting in the First World War.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Nationality Scottish
People Turner, Arthur J
Keywords First World War, travel, death
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Glenbow Museum catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Post War Diary of Arthur Turner, 1919
Copyright Glenbow Museum