Private Frank Turner:

Frank Turner (Small)Frank Turner was born on 1st July 1899, the eldest son of Richard and Florence Turner who lived in Stafford Street, Heath Hayes.

Frank worked as a loader at the Coppice Colliery, before he enlisted with the Coldstream Guards on 3rd April 1918.

Although Frank survived the conflict, he was deeply saddened by the loss of his uncle, Hubert Millard, who is recorded on the Heath Hayes War Memorial.

After Armistice, Frank returned to Heath Hayes and once more began working as a miner. He later married local girl Violet Rushton and the couple moved to nearby Rawnsley, with their three children Ida, Beryl and Hubert.

One day in December 1924, Frank was working as a Stallman for the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery Company, when there was an accident below ground. Frank suffered a broken pelvis and badly injured his back – his injuries were so serious, he never worked again. Sadly Frank died in 1927.

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