Frederick Hayward Turnham


About Frederick Hayward

  • Name
    Frederick Hayward
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    23 April 1888
  • Birth town
    Tottenham, Middlesex
  • Resided town
    Tottenham, Middlesex
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Edmonton, Middlesex
  • Date of death
    September 1962
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Book Binder

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Seaforth Highlanders


Frederick Hayward Turnham was born on 23 April 1888 in Tottenham, Middlesex to parents George Walter, a fancy stationer’s salesman, and Mary (nee Bass).  In 1901, Frederick (12) is living at 76 St Loys Road, Tottenham with his grandfather, Edward (70) retired cooper, parents George W (41) stationer’s assistant and Mary (48) and siblings George (17) fancy stationers assistant, Charles (15) tea sampler, Walter (10) and Filmer (7).  By 1911, the family had moved to 54 St Loys Rd, Tottenham.

Frederick married Mary Ann Newton on 6 July 1912, at St Marys Church, Tottenham.  They had three children, Sidney Frederick (1913) who died in March 1920, aged 6, Reginald Hayward (1917) and Frank (1922).

Frederick enlisted at Tottenham Recruiting Office on 16 December 1915, aged 27 years eight months and gave his address as 17 Woodside Gardens, Tottenham.  At some time after attestation his wife moved to 68 Beaconsfield Road, Tottenham.  He was mobilised on 29 May 1916 and posted to 5th Royal Fusiliers.  In June 1916 he transferred to the 2/4th Seaforth Highlanders and passed through Peterborough East Station on 25 January 1917.  He wrote in the visitors’ book “A most enjoyable place to have a cup of tea while waiting for the trains which are rather scarce now.”

Frederick was posted to France with the 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders Expeditionary Force on 17 March 1917, and was wounded in action on 23/24 April 1917.  He remained with the 4th Reserve Seaforth Highlanders until he was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps on 22 June 1918.  He was discharged on 2 April 1919 with 30% disability, due to a gunshot wound to his left wrist, and was awarded a weekly pension of 8s 3d from 3 April 1919 plus a children’s allowance of 3s 6d from 21 April 1919.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory medals.

In 1939 Frederick, a book binder, and Mary Ann were living at 66 Beaconsfield Road, Tottenham with two other people whose records are still officially closed, but it may be their two children.  Frederick died in Edmonton (Tottenham), Middlesex in September 1962, aged 74.

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