Frank TUERSLEY [1898-1939]

Submitted by eurasian_david on Mon, 02/21/2022 - 08:07
Birthplace (town, state)
Woolwich, Kent, England
Birthplace (country)
United Kingdom
Cause of death
1) Appendicitis Toxaemia 2) Cardiac Failure

Former Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery during WWI and later clerical officer in the Royal Naval Dockyard who died in Hong Kong shortly after his arrivial in the Colony in April 1939.




TUERSLEY. – At Royal Naval Hospital at 7.30 p.m. yesterday, Frank Tuersley, aged 41, after a short illness. Cortege will leave the hospital at about 4 p.m. to-day.”

Source: Hong Kong Sunday Herald, page 28, 11th June 1939

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1901 British Census; Piece 729; Folio 106; Page Number 45; Household Schedule Number: 235

Address: Southill Bks Married Qts, Chatham St John The Divine, Kent, England, United Kingdom


Sarah E. Tuersley Head Married Age at last birthday 29 Born Hants Aldershot

Violet M. Tuersley Daughter Single Age at last birthday 9 Born Kent New Brompton

Wm C. Tuersley Son Single Age at last birthday 7 Born Kent Woolwich

Ellen Tuersley Daughter Single Age at last birthday 5 Born Kent Woolwich

Frank Tuersley Son Single Age at last birthday 2 Born Kent Woolwich

Ettie M. Tuersley Daughter Age at last birthday 1 Born Kent Chatham



Name:   Frank Tuersley

Military Date:     1914-1920

Military Place:    England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, United Kingdom

Regiment or Corps:         Royal Horse Artillery

Regimental Number:       616293

Source: UK, British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

Role: Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery 

Source: WO 372/20/90756



Married: Gladys Irene Carnie (19th June 1904-9th February 1952) Medway, Kent, England, United Kingdom April quarter 1926


1939 Outward Passenger List from UK

Name: F Tuersley (Not accompanied by wife)

Gender: Male

Last Address in the United Kingdom: Government

Occupation: Government

Country of Last Permanent Residence: Details Unknown

Departure Date: 25 Mar 1939

Departure Port: England

Ship Name: Rajputana

Class: Second

Shipping Line: P and O Steam Navigation Company

Destination Port: Hong Kong, China

Master: W A Cotching


Year 1939

Record: 7134/39

Name: Tuersley Frank

Age: 40

Quality: Deptl. Clerical Off.

Date of Death: June 6 (NB incorrect day)

Place: RNH. Hong Kong

Cause of Death: 1. Seq Appendicitis Toxaemia 2. Cardiac Failure

Source: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty and predecessors: Office of the Director General of the Medical Department of the Navy and predecessors: Service Registers and Registers of Deaths and Injuries. Registers of Reports of Deaths: Ships; Class: ADM 104; Piece: 112; Piece Description: Piece 112: Registers of Reports of Deaths: Ships (1931-1939)


Probate Date 9th August 1940

TUERSLEY Frank of 42 Paignton-avenue Copner Portsmouth died 10 June 1939 at The Royal Naval Hospital Hong Kong Probate London 9 August to Ivy May Alice Wassef married woman and Maud Louise Baker (wife of Ethelbert Henry Baker).

Effects £582 12s. 7d.

Source: England and Wales National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

UK Birth Index

Birth Frank Tuersley registered Quarter 1 1899 Woolwich which could have been a birth in Quarter 4 1898 (six weeks grace period between birth and registration)

British Armed Forces and Overseas Vital Records (Family Search)

Army Service Corps Commisierat and Transport Corps British Nationals Armed Forces Births 1781 - 2005

Frank Tuersley Male borm 1898 Woolwich Kent

Baptisms St. George's  Garrison Church Woolwich

 Frank Tuersley born 19 December 1898 and baptised 19 February 1899 son of Charles Tuersley and Elizabeth

Father's occupation Sergeant  A S Corps 12th Company




Royal Naval Dockyard Employee Dies

The funeral of Mr. Frank Tuersley, age 41, was held at the Colonial Cemetery, Happy Valley, yesterday. The Naval Chaplain, Rev. D.V. Edwards, officiated at the graveside.

There was a large attendance at the funeral, while a number of wreaths were also received.

The late Mr. Tuersley, who was employed in the clerical branch of the Naval Dockyard, died at the Royal Naval Hospital on Saturday after a short illness.

Among those present at the funeral were Comdr. E.V. Lees, R.N., representing the Commodore, Mr. A. Warburton, representing the Royal Naval Dockyard Recreation Club, and Mr. E.A. Atkins, representing the Civil Service Clerical Association, and representatives of the various Dockyard Departments.

Mr. Tuersley only arrived in the Colony on April 26 this year.

Many Floral Tributes

Wreaths were sent by Commodore A.M. Peters, Comdr. And Mrs. E.V. Lees, Mr. A.B. Alan, Mr. Whyte, Mr. Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. C.J.J. Donald, Mr. and Mrs. F. Rossini, Winifred and Hendy, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Hunt and Mr. Collins and Bessie.

Staff of Commander’s Department, C.E.-in-C. Department, Naval Store Department, Construction Department, Expense Accounts Department, Chief Engineer Department, Electrical Department, R.N. Dockyard Recreation Club, Civil Service Clerical Association, Royal Naval Yard Police.”

Source: The Hong Kong Telegraph, page 12, 12th June 1939