TAYLOR, Reginald

No.10088, Private, Reginald TAYLOR
Aged 24

1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 9th November 1914

An Old Contemptible

Reginald Taylor was born Weston Colville (Linton Q2-1896 3B:508), son of James Thomas and Ellen TAYLOR (née HOWE).

1891 census...Aged 6 months, he was at The Green, Weston Colville with his father James Thomas TAYLOR [25] farm labourer born Weston Colville and his mother Ellen [23] born Balsham.

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at The Green, Weston Colville with his parents; brothers Herbert [9], Bertie [8], Albert [4] Trevor W [3] and Montague [11 months] All except his mother were born in Weston Colville.

1911 census...Aged 20, farm labourer, he was at 31 Mill Terrace, Weston Colville with his widowed aunt, Harriet NEWMAN [64] born West Wratting, cousins Thomas NEWMAN [33] farm labourer and Miriam Priscilla NEWMAN [24] both born in Weston Colville, and his brother Herbet [19] a hardware hawker. His parents were still at The Green, Weston Colville with his brothers Albert (yard boy), Trevor (errand boy) and Montague; sisters Clara [7], Kate [5] and Alice [4], all the girls born in Weston Colville. All 9 siblings survive.

His brother Albert died in 1917 in France, in the Suffolk Regiment. see here

He enlisted in Bedford sometime in 1912-1913.
It was the 1st Battle of Ypres. From Steven Fuller's website http://www.bedfordregiment.org.uk/1stbn/1stbtn1914diary.html :-
"Near YPRES - 9 Nov 1914 Sergt. Mart [7814 Alfred J. MART, DCM], assisted by Corporal Cyster [10129 Phillip G. CYSTER, DCM] succeeded in creeping up to trench occupied by enemy, where 2 machine guns had been previously lost. Found only about 1 German actually with guns, though adjoining trench, a few yards away in prolongation, was occupied. Sergt. Mart [7814 Alfred J. MART] shot the German & guns were safely brought back. 1 wounded soldier found in trench also. He was brought back by Mart assisted by 2nd Lt. Garrod [Alfred Guy Rowland GARROD] & others. Mart & Garrod in turns facing the enemy to keep their heads down by accurate fire at a few yards range. Battalion thanked in wire from Corps Commander. Sergt.Mart wounded. Casualties about 17 killed 7 wounded".

CWGC records have 25 killed that day, all bar 2 named on the Le Touret Memorial

photo: Rodney Gibson

Reginald Taylor is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial panels 10 and 11

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details

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