He lived at 63 Downton Ave, Streatham with his wife Frances Elizabeth
Born in Brixton in London, Turner received artistic training by correspondence from Spencer Gore while working as a stockbroker's clerk. This correspondence still exists, and has been used by subsequent artists, for example Esther Freud in her novel The Sea House.
Turner exhibited twelve works with the Camden Town Group in three exhibitions between 1911 and 1912
During his later life Turner went on to paint four unique scrolls including the Walberswick Scroll, a 123-foot 'Dioramic Pictorial Record of a Suffolk Village' which detailed every dwelling of the Suffolk village of Walberswick. This was followed by the Trinity Fair Scroll, a portrait of a travelling circus, which can be seen at the Swan Hotel, Southwold.
The Walberswick Scroll has made several appearances on TV, the first on ITV News in May 2017, the second on More 4's 'Penelope Keith's Coastal Villages in January 2018.
Image photo Stephen Robertson : 1908, pencil on paper by John Doman Turner (1871–1938). Private collection