George Richard Turner

George drowned in the village pond opposite the King’s Arms only six month after another man – Ernest Twite – also drowned there.

Below is a copy of part of the front page of the Yarmouth Mercury that reported his death on Saturday 2nd January 1943. It says:-

LOST WAY AND FELL INTO POND

Martham Man’s death In Black-out

A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded by the Norwich District Coroner (Mr G W Barnard)  at an inquest at Martham on Monday on George Richard Turner (76) of 4 Gaze’s Terrace, Martham, whose body was recovered from the pit at the village green on Sunday (3rd) .

The Coroner found that Mr Turner, who was a widower and lived alone, fell into the water after losing his way in the darkness on Saturday night.

There was evidence that he was a man of sober habits who went out on Saturday nights only to have one pint of beer. He had never used an electric touch.

The remarkable thing is that both Mr Twite and Mr Turner lived at Gaze’s Terrace and both drowned in the same pond within six months of each other.

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