TURNER, Ethel

1856 - 1932

Ethel Turner, was baptised at St Peter's church, Ipswich on 20 July 1856, eldest child of Edward Rust Turner, engineer & brass founder, and his wife Charlotte Julia née Randell, who married at Acle, Norfolk on 17 September 1853. In 1861, a 4 year old, living at 1 College Street, Ipswich with her parents, 36 year old Edward and 28 year old Charlotte, born Rotherhide, Surrey, and sibling sister Helen 3, born at Ipswich. In 1875, Ethel exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club one painting, 'Enoch Arden-A Rough Sailor Lad' and in 1876 two works, 'Spring' and 'Fruit' which seems to have been her only exhibits at the Art Club. She married at Ipswich on 28 October 1880, Frederick George Denham Bedford, later Admiral Sir Frederick George Bedford [q.v.]. In 1891 she was living at Southsea Terrace, Portsea Island, Hampshire with her two sons Arthur Edward 9 and Frederick G. 8, both born at Greenwich. Her husband was appointed Junior Naval Lord in 1889 and Second Naval Lord in 1895 and knighted. Lady Ethel Bedford accompanied her husband as Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope and West Coast of Africa Station in 1892 and commander-in-chief of the North America and West Indies Station in 1899, and Ethel was mistress of Admiralty House in Halifax, Nova Scotia, until June 1902. Bedford , as Governor, on 4 June 1907 officiated at the opening of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club in Western Australia. In 1911, Frederick, now retired, and Ethel were living at Swiss Cottage, Oatlands Park, Weybridge, Surrey with their only daughter Ethelfreda, 26, born Paighton, Devon. Ethel died at 18 Blackheath Park, Greenwich, London on 9 June 1932, aged 76. The couple's son became Vice Admiral Sir Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford KCB CSI (1881-1949), who married Miss Gladys Mort of Sydney, Australia.