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Frederick Turner

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Frederick Turner (1831-1913) of E. R. and F. Turner

1866 Frederick Turner, E. R. and F. Turner, St. Peter's Iron Works, Ipswich.[1]

1913 December 28th. Died.[2]

1914 Obituary [3]

FREDERICK TURNER was born in Ipswich on 4th July 1831, his ancestors having been settled in the town for many generations.

He was educated at Ipswich and afterwards at Colchester.

His apprenticeship was served in an ironworks which had been founded by his father and two other partners in 1837, and on its completion he went to an engineering works in Manchester.

Two years later he returned to the works of his apprenticeship, joining the business in conjunction with his brother. The firm became known as E. R. and F. Turner, St. Peter's Works, the number of employees then being about eighty.

During his long life he visited, on behalf of the firm, many of the countries of Europe and the Colonies, and a branch office was started. in Johannesburg in 1887.

In the municipal life of Ipswich Mr. Turner reached the highest position. He was elected a Town Councillor in 1876, and was created a Magistrate in the same year.

In 1900 he was elected an Alderman on the retirement of his brother, the late Mr. E. H. Turner, but he had previously held the office of Mayor of Ipswich, in 1890-1. He took a great interest in the Volunteer movement, joining the 1st Suffolk Volunteers in July 1859, and he remained continuously in the corps until October 1890, retiring with the rank of Hon. Lieut.Colonel, and the privilege of wearing the uniform.

His death took place in Ipswich on 28th December 1913, at the age of eighty-two.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1866.

1914 Obituary.[4]

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