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Engineer Rear-Admiral Alfred Turner (1880-1955)

1955 Obituary [1]

IT is with regret that we record the death of Engineer Rear Admiral Alfred Turner, which occurred on Wednesday of last week, at his home in Southampton.

Alfred Turner, who retired from the Navy in 1932 with the rank of Rear Admiral, was born on July 6, 1880, and was educated at Scarborough Grammar School, and later at a school in Portsmouth.

He studied at Keyham for five years and completed his training there in 1902, and most of his career was spent on the staff of the Engineer-in-Chief, where he was engaged on the design and construction of machinery for battleships and battle cruisers.

For a period during the first world war he was engineer officer of the destroyer "Musketeer" and later of the minelayer "Abdiel."

On returning to shore duties in 1918, he turned his attention to the development of the internal combustion engine. It was in that year that he was promoted to Engineer Commander; eight years later he became Engineer Captain, a rank which he held until his retirement.

Admiral Turner was recalled for service at the beginning of the second world war as Emergency Repair Overseer in the Thames district, and then for a short period from 1941 to 1942 was at the Naval Dockyard at Sheerness, after which he returned to the Thames area as Principal Repair Overseer, a position he continued to occupy until 1946.

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