Charles E Turner was born in Lancaster in 1893. He based himself in Liverpool and specialised in maritime and landscape art. Turner was ranked captain for the Royal Air Force in World War One. Between 1939-1945, he spent World War Two working as a war artist.
His works produced during the two world wars are preserved in the National Maritime Museum, London and at the Imperial War Museum, London. Whilst Turner produced a wide range of art during the two wars, he was commissioned to be designer for Churchill Cigar Boxes and produced illustrations for both Illustrated London News and Sphere.