Memorial to be unveiled for Stoke Rochford war hero

Grantham Army Cadets who have created a small garden around the memorial stone.

Grantham Army Cadets who have created a small garden around the memorial stone.

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Stoke Rochford Hall is unveiling a memorial in honour of a former resident who died 100 years ago fighting in the First World War.

Lieutenant Christopher Randolph Turnor was born at the hall on August 16, 1886, the second son of Algernon and Lady Henerietta Turnor.

He joined the 10th Royal Hussars and was killed in action near Ypres on October 26, 1914, after engaging in a fierce struggle which stemmed the advance of German troops to the coast.

Being an early casualty of Ypres, Lieutenant Turnor is buried with three comrades in a small churchyard in Zandvoorde, and until now there has been no lasting memorial at his family home.

For this reason on the hundredth anniversary of his death a memorial stone sourced from the Stoke Rochford estate is being unveiled by Rosemary McCorquodale, nee Turnor, the last surviving member of the Turnor family.

It will take place in the grounds of the Hall at 1pm on October 26, with family members joined by representatives from the Royal Hussars, The Royal British Legion, the Army Benevolent Fund and military veterans.

Mayor Ian Selby and a group of army cadets who have created a small garden in front of the memorial will also be attendance.

Anyone else who would like to be at the unveiling is welcome to attend.