DANIEL TURNOCK 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 24082.
Regiment: 13th Bn. Cheshire Regiment Killed In Action Saturday 21st October 1916 Age 23County Memorial Congleton
Commemorated\Buried THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Pier and Face 3C and 4A.
France

Son of Mr. Henry Turnock and Mrs. Sarah Turnock, of 53, Canal Street, Congleton, Cheshire. He had three sisters, Harriet, Lydia and Martha Turnock, along with four brothers, William Arthur, George Henry, Samuel and Herbert Turnock. Prior to the war he was employed as a General Labourer.
His brother William Arthur died of wounds while serving with the 1/5th Bn. Cheshire Regiment on the 24th of June 1917. Samuel Turnock was killed on the North Staffordshire Railway in 1912 when he was accidently hit by a Goods Train while working.

He enlisted into the 13th Battalion the Cheshire Regiment a service Battalion formed specially to fight in the war. He went to France in September 1915 and went into action for the first time on the Somme in July 1916, where the Battalion suffered heavy casualties before being withdrawn. By late October 1916, the Battle of the Somme was entering its final stages. Advances had been made since July and the Cheshire Regiment were to become involved in an attempt to wrest the high ground away from the Germans. Capture the ridge, which ran from Martinpuich to Thiepval, would allow the British strategic control of this sector. On the 20th of October the 13th Battalion assembled in Hessian Trench, prior to an attack on Regina Trench. It was very cold and the trenches were knee deep in mud. The next day, the British Artillery laid down a rolling barrage which started at noon rolling forward across No Man's Land before falling on the German front line trench. The Cheshire's followed very closely behind, finding the barrage was protecting them, by preventing the German machine gunners from coming out of their dugouts. They advanced in three waves and finding the enemy's barbed wire had been destroyed by the artillery, took their objective without much difficulty. The Battalion's War Diary records they " took about 250 prisoners and captured a machine gun. One party, advancing well forward, put a German field gun out of action, but were unable to bring it back". They now consolidated the position and held it until 18:00 hours on the 22nd. The attack had been successful but costly. Three officers and 74 men had been killed. Another 120 were wounded and out of action. Private Daniel Turnock was killed in this engagement, along with another Congleton soldier Private James Arthur Frost. He does not have a known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. A British War Cemetery is now on the site of Regina Trench, it has over 1000 unknown graves in it.



Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for this information on Daniel.

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