Two years ago we published an article about a village called Marly in Moselle, France where five British airmen lie buried after being shot down during the second world war, in February 1944. One of them was a Rhyl man – Tony Turner.
A Marly historian, Stéphane Cottel, is searching for more information, and especially a photograph of Sgt. Patrick Anthony “Tony” Turner. Tony was born on October 14th, 1922 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl. His parents were Thomas Turner and Norah Sheila Turner nee Phillips of the Foryd Harbour Hotel. This is what we know about Tony:
TURNER Patrick Anthony, Sergeant Mid-upper gunner, 1661472, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (100 Sqdn.). Born in Rhyl October 14th, 1922. Died in Marly, Moselle, France February 24th, 1944 at 10:00 P.M. Commemorated on Rhyl War Memorial, Abergele Town Hall Memorial and Towyn War Memorial.
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The restoration of the mural in homage to the airmen of Lancaster JB604 in Marly, Moselle, France.
Unfortunately we received no leads or more information after publishing the article. However, recently we have discovered more information which may help. The Turner family were originally from the Manchester area. Tony was an only son. His mother, Norah Sheila Turner died in tragic circumstances on July 19th, 1938. She was discovered dead on the floor of the washhouse of her home in Crugan Avenue, Kinmel Bay by her niece, the cause of death was electrocution due to faulty/incorrectly installed wiring. Mrs Turner was about 50 and Tony was 15.
We also now know where Tony worked before joining up, and some other details. This is from the Rhyl Journal, July 6th, 1944:
“Killed in Action – News has been received that Sergeant Air Gunner Patrick Anthony Turner, the only son of Mr and the late Mrs Turner, Foryd Hotel, Rhyl, and who, since his mother’s death, had resided with his cousin, Mrs Owen, Ferry Hotel, Foryd, has been killed on active service. The news is contained in a letter which Mr Edward Owen of the Ferry Hotel, has received from the War Organisation of the British Red Cross Society and Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Sergt. “Tony” Turner, who was 21 years of age, was reported missing in February following his first operational flight over enemy territory. Before joining up he was a bricklayer with Messrs W. H. Jones and Sons, Pen y Bont House, Abergele.
M. Cottel has photographs of four of the five brave airmen but not one of Sgt. Tony Turner.
The village of Marly never forgets.