Photographs courtesy of Lucy.

Born: 1916, Bildeston, Suffolk.

Died: 22nd January 1944; Age: 28; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.


Served as a regular solider 1934-1938 – at Windsor Castle between the Royal families turbulent years. The death of King George V, The Abdication of The Duke of Windsor and The Coronation of King George VI.


Rank: Guardsman; Service Number: 2614300.

Regiment: Grenadier Guards, 6th Battalion – Foot Guards.


Originally buried at an isolated site. Body exhumed, identified by a Disc and reburied 4th January 1945 at Minturno War Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Minturno War Cemetery,





original wooden cross

The Battle for Minturno 
Crossing River Garigliano 


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Emma Taylor, of Bildeston, Suffolk; husband of Beatrice Kathleen Taylor, of Ipswich.


Father: James Taylor, born June 1873, Bildeston, Suffolk. A Road Foreman.

Mother: Emma Taylor (nee Ruffell), born September 1874, Hitcham, Suffolk.



In 1937, at Ipswich Register Office, Herbert married Beatrice Kathleen Talbot, born March 1915, Ipswich – daughter of Charles Daniel Talbot, a bricklayer, and Rose Hunt Talbot (nee Potter), of 34, Camden Road, Ipswich.

They had 2 sons:

Christopher J. Taylor, born 1939, Ipswich.

Kenneth J. Taylor, born 1943, Ipswich.


On the ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939, Herbert’s wife Beatrice, and their son Christopher were living with Beatrice’s sister and her family at the Whitman family home – 403, Britannia Road, Ipswich.

Reginald Alan Whitman, a Bus Conductor, born February 1909.

Harriet Maud Whitman (nee Talbott), unpaid Domestic Duties, born October 1905.

Raymond E. Whitman, born 1934, Ipswich.


Following Beatrice’s death her ashes were scattered on Herbert’s grave.


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