Tributes paid to Kettering RBL stalwart ‘Tanky’ Turner

Trevor 'Tanky' Turner at a previous Remembrance Day service
Trevor 'Tanky' Turner at a previous Remembrance Day service

A familiar face at Remembrance Day services in Kettering was missing this year.

Trevor “Tanky” Turner, a former chairman of the Kettering branch of the Royal British Legion, died on October 27, aged 84.

Mr Turner was involved in the Remembrance parades and poppy selling. He alse did a lot of work for the armed forces charity SSAFA.

As well as being a war veteran, Mr Turner was a keen cyclist in his younger days.

Robert Hill, the president of Kettering Cycling Club, said: “He was a founder member of the Kettering Friendly Cycling Club in 1945 and was a very good cyclist.

“I remember him winning a road race at Rockingham Castle.

“I was very sorry to hear he had passed away. He was a very nice chap.”

The current chairman of the Kettering RBL, Andy Smith, said: “I found him to be a kind, gentle and helpful man. He ran his own plumbing business and he liked socialising. He was always busy.”

The funeral service for Mr Turner, a great-grandad who was married to Iris and had two sons, will take place on Thursday, November 13, at 2.15pm at St Peter and Paul church in Kettering.