No.14079, Private, Arch TAYLOR
Aged 30

8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 27th September 1916

Arch Taylor was born in Willingham Green (Newmarket Q2-1886 3B:560) , baptised in Brinkley on 10th October 1886, son of George and Eliza TAYLOR (née MANSFIELD).

1891 census...Aged 4, he was at Willingham Green, Carlton with his father George TAYLOR [35] agricultural labourer born in Barnardiston; his mother Eliza [35] born Barnardiston, brothers William [17] farm labourer, born Barnardiston, Arthur [10] born Brinkley, Frederick [7] born Brinkley and John,[1 month] born Carlton, and sisters Mary A [16] born Barnardiston and Agnes [2] born Carlton.
There are constant changes regarding Willingham Green, some place it in Brinkley, others in Carlton. Currently it is in the parish of Carlton cum Willingham.

1901 census...Aged 14, a farm labourer , he was at Cottage, Carlton cum Willingham, with his parents, brothers Arthur (a corn stores carrier), John and Albert [7] born Carlton, and sisters Agnes and Lizzie [2] born in Carlton and a niece Winifred M Wolfenden [1] born in London.

1911 census...Aged 24, cowman on farm, he was at No 1, Willingham Green, Carlton cum Willingham, with his parents, brothers John and Albert, sisters Lizzie and grandfather David TAYLOR [78]

The pension card has the family home still at Willingham Green.

He was half brother to William Mansfield see here

He enlisted in Newmarket. Six battalions of the Suffolks took part in the Battle of the Somme, but only two, the 8th and the 11th were in action on the dreadful 1st day, 1st July 1916
As Arch died of his wounds and his Army records have not been found, it is impossible to say where or when he was wounded. However the 8th Suffolks had been training at various places for the whole of August until mid September 1916. On the 26th they were involved in heavy fighting around the Schwaben Redoubt in the ongoing attempts to take Thiepval. They suffered 21 killed on the 26th and a further 5 on the 27th, including Arch. Started just before the opening of the Battles of the Somme, the 3rd and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations were at Puchevillers. Plots 1 t0 5, and almost the whole of Plot 6 were made by those hospitals before the end of March 1917.

photo; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Arch Taylor is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, France - grave 4:E:33

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