1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45
In Memory of
Private 126576
50th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
who died on Friday, 4th October 1918.

War Graves
            Casualty_Details :       896158
Personal Information

Born in Felsted on 17th November 1898.

Son of William and Mary Turner who had lived in various houses around Rayne, including New Road and Shalford Road. Sidney enlisted in Braintree.

Sidney went to Rayne School, being admitted on 1st December 1905, leaving on 17th May 1912 to work in a shop.

The children were Emma, Charles, Lydia, William (see next entry), Walter, Albert, Bertie, Ethel, Florence, Frank, Sidney and Hilda


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The Cemetery is located close to the village of Stahnsdorf, about 26 kilometres south west of Berlin and 15 kilometres east of Potsdam. The Cemetery is on the eastern edge of the Potsdam Forest. Visitors travelling along the main road between Potsdam and Stahnsdorf should follow signs for Tetlow, Stahnsdorf and the airport, Schonefeld. Immediately after passing the village boundary of Stahnsdorf lies the left hand turning, at the traffic lights, into Bahnhofstrasse. The Cemetery lies 500 metres after this left hand turning on the left hand side of the road. The CWGC plot is approximately twenty minutes walk from the entrance. The plot is found by following signs for the church and continuing on the main path running through the Cemetery.

The Cemetery is one of those which belong to the Berlin Stadtsynode. It was opened in 1908, and covers an area of about 132 hectares. In 1923 it was selected as one of the four cemeteries in which the Commonwealth war graves scattered throughout Germany should be grouped, to ensure that they should be properly maintained in perpetuity; and the work was carried out in 1924-25. The Commonwealth part of the cemetery consists of twenty plots, about 1 kilometre from the main entrance.

Sidney Turner is also commemorated on a headstone at St Michaels Church, Braintree. This memorial contains the names of those who worked at Warners Silk Mill and were killed in the Great War.

Theatre of War

Private Turner was a prisoner of war in Germany.

We do not know when or where he was captured. The war was almost over when he died in October 1918. Conditions for prisoners were very hard, they were poorly fed, and had to work for the Germans, in mines, factories or on farms. The influenza epidemic of 1918 took a large toll amongst the prisoners of war, who had little strength to resist the illness.