Stoke Rochford ceremony will remember First World War casualty

Grantham Army cadets have created a small garden around the stone in preparation for the dedication of the Turnor memorial at Stoke Rochford Hall.
Grantham Army cadets have created a small garden around the stone in preparation for the dedication of the Turnor memorial at Stoke Rochford Hall.
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A special ceremony will be held at Stoke Rochford Hall on Sunday to remember one of the fallen of the First World War.

The hall was the home of the Turnor family before becoming a hotel and Sunday sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Christopher Randolph Turnor at the battle of Ypres.

To mark the centenary, a memorial stone will be unveiled at 1pm by Mrs Rosemary McCorquodale (nee Turnor), the last member of the Turnor family and mother of Neil McCorquodale, the estate’s present owner.

Christopher was the second son of Algernon and Lady Henerietta Turnor and was born at the Hall on August 16, 1886. Lt Turnor, of the 10th Hussars, was killed in action near Ypres in Belgium after engaging in a fierce struggle which stemmed the advance of the German troops to the coast. He was shot by a sniper while serving in the trenches and trying to locate an enemy artillery gun with his field glasses. He was described as a “universal favourite and a very good officer and a great loss to both the regiment and the country. He was an educated and thoroughly grounded soldier and officer with a personal charm that endeared him to all ranks.”

Being an early casualty of Ypres, he is buried with three comrades in a small churchyard in Zandvoode and so no lasting memorial for him exists at his family home. The memorial stone that has been commissioned has been sourced from the estate and is intended to provide a lasting legacy and tribute to a brave soldier by his family.

Representatives from the Royal Hussars, The Royal British Legion, Army Benevolent Fund, military veterans, Mayor of Grantham Coun Ian Selby and the Army Cadets will join Mrs McCorquodale, Neil McCorquodale and his wife Lady Sarah McCorquodale along with a piper, Bill James, to mark the occasion. The Grantham Army Cadets have also created a small garden in front of the memorial as a community project.

Anyone wishing to attend the unveiling is welcome.