Image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1879, Ipswich.
Died: 16th September 1916; age 38; KiA.
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 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.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Thomas Taylor & Harriet Sarah Taylor; husband of Daisy Flora 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, an Insurance Agent – Royal Life.
Robert, 15, a Clerk to a Wholesale Grocer.
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.
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).
They had 2 children:
Laura Mary Taylor, born September 1908, Ipswich.
Robert Cecil Taylor, born August 1910, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Daisy F. 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 all the division for this battle took upwards of 3500 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 9th Battalion: