Capt Denis Mahon Turner


Architect, engineer and surveyor, of Dublin and Belfast. Denis Mahon Turner, son of Francis John Turner, government clerk, of 90 South Circular Road, Dublin, and his wife, Annie. He attended school at the King's Hospital, Dublin, but details of his professional training are not recorded.

His only significant work to be noted in the Irish Builder is the conversion of the former male prison at Wexford into St Brigid's Female Certified Inebriates' Reformatory in 1910.

In the membership lists of the AAI he is styled 'Captain' from 1928 onwards and 'Registered Architect' from 1933.

1886 May 1. Born Dublin

1901 census at boarding school in Dublin

1904 AAI: elected member,

1905 - 1911 Lived at 2 Carlton Terrace, Rathmines, Dublin

1909 Lived at 23 Suffolk Street, Dublin

1911 census

1913 - 1921 c/o Mssrs. Richardson & Cruddas, Bombay

From about 1913 he was in India, serving in the Indian Army during the First World War. Then returned to Dublin

1914 Nov 13 Commissioned 2nd Lt (LG has him as "Dinis" not "Denis")

1915 Nov 13 Promoted Lt

1918 May 24. 154 Indian Infantry. Lieut, (actg. Capt.) D. M. Turner, I.A.R.O., from attd. 108th Infantry, to be actg. Maj. while 2nd in comd. of a Battalion

1920 Jan 22. Married in Dublin to Rose Eld Hiffernan

1920 Sep 8 Leaves UK for Gold Coast. He is an engineer intending to live in Gold Coast

1921 Dec 5. Accepted in Ireland. Joined ADRIC with service no 2209. Posted to A Coy

1922 Jan He must have been serving on demobilisation!.

1922 May 1 Gazetted out of Indian Army as a Capt

During the 1920s he appears to have worked in a temporary capacity for the Board of Public Works, as he is mentioned as having assisted in the restoration of the General Post Office.

1922 Lived at Tower Avenue, Rathgar

1923 Lived at 19 Hollybrook Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin

1924 - 1927 Lived at 16 Kenilworth Park, Dublin;

1928 - 1931 Lived at 8 Rathmines Park Terrace

1929 - 1932 hon. treasurer AAI

1932 Lived at 16 Nursery Avenue, Coleraine,

1933 - 1934 Lived at 11a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

1940 Aug 15. Capt Denis Mahon TURNER (144795) to be. Lt.

1949 Sep 20 . Died Belfast. Buried Dundonald




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