Victor Turpin

12 May 1897–27 October 1915

Master Spread Sheet says born 1896 and died 28 October 1915. Which?

1911 Census has Parents Joseph and Annie of 17 Clive Street, Stepney; Brother Joseph Eustace (18); sister Olive (4).

Born on 12 May 1897 in Stepney, the second son of Joseph and Annie Turpin. In 1911 he was living with his parents, brother and younger sister, at 17 Clive St., Stepney.

His birth was registered as Percival Victor John Turpin on 21 June 1897 and in the 1911 Census Return his age is given as 13, yet by the time of his death the records show him as 19 years of age. It would appear that on enlistment he not only decided to drop his Christian name Percival, but also to add a year to his age and was therefore only just 18 at the time of his death.

Last known address (1911): 17 Clive Street, Stepney.

London Regiment 1/17 Bn/ No 3068.

Rifleman Turpin died at the age of 19 at the Battle of Loos. He left his mother £5.12.11d + £4 war gratuity. On 23 September 1916 his mother, by then living at 3 Ormond Road, Richmond, Surrey, received notification from the War Office that for a period of one year with effect from the 3 October 1916 she would receive a pension of 5/- (25p) to compensate for the loss of her son. The pension was conditional on her providing details of her husband’s weekly earnings and was to be reviewed after one year.

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