TAYLOR, Reginald Charles

No.9482, Private, Reginald Charles TAYLOR
Aged 19

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Friday, 4th May 1917

Reginald Charles Taylor was born in West Wratting (Linton Q4-1897 3B:493), son of Henry and Ada TAYLOR (née STUBBINGS).

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at High Street, West Wratting with his father Henry TAYLOR [25] horse keeper on farm, born Weston Colville; his mother Ada [27] born Ickleton; brothers Bertie Harry [5], and Frank [1]; sister Hilda Ellen [3 months]. All the Taylor siblings were born in West Wratting. Also there was his half brother James STUBBINGS [8] born Ickleton, and grandfather, widower farm labourer, William STUBBINGS [72] born Elmdon.

His father died in 1909.

1911 census...Aged 13, a farm labourer, he was at the Drill Hall, West Wratting with his widowed mother; brothers Bertie Harry (farm labourer), Frank, Arthur [8], Percy [7] and Henry Thomas [1]; sisters Hilda Ellen, Mary [5] and Elsie May [3]. All the children were born in West Wratting. His half brother James STUBBINGS [19] was in the Stanhope Lines, Aldershot in the Suffolk Regiment.

As was often the case, he appears to have exaggerated his age on enlistment.

His half-brother James Stubbings was killed in 1915 in Belgium serving in the Suffolk Regiment. see here

He enlisted in Linton.
TThe 7th Suffolks had been engaged in the Battle of Arras at Easter 1917, then went into reserve about the time that Reginald died of his wounds. Without his Army service record though it is impossible to say exactly where and when he was wounded. He died at No.19 Casualty Clearing Station, which used this cemetery.

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo:Rodney Gibson

Reginald Taylor is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun grave 4:K:13

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