No.10088, Private, Reginald TAYLOR
1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
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  farm labourer born Weston Colville and his mother Ellen  born Balsham.
1901 census...Aged 10, he was at The Green, Weston Colville with his parents; brothers Herbert , Bertie , Albert  Trevor W  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  born West Wratting, cousins Thomas NEWMAN  farm labourer and Miriam Priscilla NEWMAN  both born in Weston Colville, and his brother Herbet  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 , Kate  and Alice , 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
photo: Rodney Gibson
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