Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 146,991 pages of information and 232,842 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1875 Born the son of William M. Turrell, a Schoolmaster, and his wife Caroline A.
1896 August. 'Wednesday the Margate magistrates were engaged in hearing a summons against Mr. Charles M. Turrell for driving a motor car in dangerous manner. For the defence it was contended that the new Act allowed motor carriages to be driven in the public streets at a reasonable rate, and the summons was dismissed.'
1897 Charles McRobie Turrell, General Manager at the Coventry Motor Co took out a patent for motorcycle starting cranks which allowed the foot pedals to be used for starting and then repositioned to be used as a foot rest.
1899 Married at Coventry to Marian Jones
1911 Living at 16 Elgin Court, Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale: Charles McRobie Turrell (age 37 born Wick, Warwickshire), Consulting Engineer. With his wife Marion Turrell (age 32 born Coventry) and their three children; Richard Turrell (age 11 born Erdington, Wark.); Alison McRobie Turrell (age 8 born Ashton-under-Lyne); and Brenda McRobie Turrell (age 5 born Paddington). One servant.
1923/24 Obituary 
He then entered the employ of the British Motor Syndicate, where he had charge of cars for demonstration purposes, among others for the Brighton run on "Emancipation Day" in 1896.
Since 1904 he had been in practice in London as consulting engineer and claims assessor.
He died in October, 1923, at the age of 48.
He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1907.