Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1916.

Born: 1879, Ipswich.

Died: 16th September 1916; age 38; KiA while gallantly leading his men in a battle. Served two years.

Evening Star – Friday, 29th September 1916 – Mrs. Edith Rose Taylor, of 15, Rapier Street, Ipswich, has received information of the death of her husband during recent fighting. Mrs. Taylor has also received a letter from Lieutenant Frank Bullen, in which he says: “In writing to express my deep sympathy in the loss of your husband, I wish to tell you that he was killed while gallantly leading his men during the recent fighting. Although I had only known him two weeks, I may say that the company has lost a very good N.C.O., who can not easily be replaced.”

Residence: 15, Rapier Street, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Compositor for Messrs. Adlard & Sons.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 1896.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th August 1915 – France.


Served in the Sudan (1898) & the South African Campaign. He returned to England in 1904 and was on the reserve for nine years. He volunteered with Kitchener’s Army in September 1914 and went to France in August 1915.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 3/9842

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Thomas Taylor & Harriet Sarah Taylor; husband of Edith Rose Taylor, of 15, Rapier Street, Ipswich.




1881   2, Norwich Road, Ipswich.


Cecil was 2 years old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal uncle.

Thomas Taylor, 54, a Coal Merchant, born Ipswich.

Harriet Sarah Taylor (nee Lowe), 31, born Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

Robert Stratham Taylor, 5, born Ipswich.

Margaret Le Fortune Taylor, 3, born Ipswich.

Charlotte May Taylor, 1, born Ipswich.

John Benjamin Lowe, 32, born Spilsby, Lincolnshire.


1891   27, St. Peter’s Street, Ipswich.


Cecil was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 65, Insurance Agent – Royal Life.

Harriet, 40.

Robert, 15, Clerk at a Wholesale Grocer.

Charlotte, 11.

Hugh Edward Taylor, 9, born Ipswich.


1911   15, Rapier Street, Ipswich.


Cecil was 33 years old, a Compositor – Printing. He was married and Head of the Household. Cecil’s married brother Robert was staying.

Daisy, 27.

Laura, 2 ½.

Robert, 8 months.

Robert Taylor, 35, a Railway Engine Driver.

Cecil’s mother, Harriet Sarah Taylor died 1898, Ipswich.


In 1907, Ipswich, Cecil married Daisy Flora Taylor, born June 1881, Ipswich – daughter of Theodore Mealing & Elizabeth Taylor (nee Pinkney).

Daisy and Cecil had two children:

Laura Mary Taylor, born September 1908, Ipswich.

Robert Cecil Taylor, born August 1910, Ipswich.


Daisy Flora Taylor died in January 1913, Ipswich.


In 1915, in Ipswich, Cecil married Edith Rose Burgess, a dressmaker – own account, born June 1881, Halesworth, Suffolk – daughter of Frederick Charles Burgess, a tailor, and Harriet Burgess (nee Ling), of 17, Friars Street, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Rose Taylor – widow.



The Battle of Flers- Courcelette September 1916

 Following an attack on the 13th, the 9th Battalion under heavy machine gun fire in the “Quadrilateral” sector took on a German outpost gaining 400 yards of open ground, with no further forward movement dug in. On the 15th the offensive resumed after 3 days of heavy bombardment. During the battle tanks were used.

The 9th Battalion moved forward on the 16th in support of the 9th Norfolk Regiment zero hour at 06:20 advancing an hour and a half later under heavy machine gun fire making it difficult to make any headway. At 08:30 a.m. Lieut.-Colonel Mack the commanding officer moved his headquarters to the front-line trench, while observing the attack was hit by machine gun fire and killed passing the command to his Adjutant. C.Allerton. The attack then stalled and the men dug in under now heavy German artillery. 12 officers were killed or wounded 35 ranks killed and 93 wounded. Over the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.


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Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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