Born: 14th August 1924, Tottenham, London.

Died: 8th August 1943; Age: 18; Accidental Drowning – Boat Accident outside the entrance to Loch Gair, Argyllshire, Scotland.

Residence: 416, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Service Number: C/JX 350657.

Regiment: Royal Navy – H.M.S. ‘Dinosaur’.


Grave Reference:

Lochgilphead (Christ Church) Episcopalian Churchyard,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Walter Edmund Taylor & Mildred Edith Taylor, of Ipswich.


Father: Walter Edmund Taylor, born 1895 – died February 1926, Ipswich.

Mother: Mildred Edith Taylor (nee Clarke), born June 1893, Redenhall with Harleston & Wortwell, Norfolk.


In 1929, Ipswich, Mildred married Harry Rumsey, born June, 1919, Ipswich. An Engine Driver – London North Eastern Railways. They made their home at 416, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Also lost as a result of the boat accident:

Bruce Beaumont Matthews; Sub. Lieutenant of the R.N.V.R., aged 21, of Maidstone, Kent.

Herbert Henry William Shoulder, Ordinary Seaman of the Royal Navy, aged 19, of Plaistow, Essex.


H.M.S. DINOSAUR  was a land base unit near Troon, Scotland. The Combined Operations training establishment was for officers and ratings undergoing initial and refresher training in landing craft operations.


  • I’ve belonged to the congregation of Christ Church for the past few years. Every year on All Souls Day I place a candle on Peter’s grave. I feel so much resonance with him. My family came from Ipswich though my father was born in Tottenham. I was born in 1943: My elder son was born on 8th August 1966.
    It would be lovely to learn more about him

  • Dear George,

    I have found your comment today after researching Peter Taylor. My mother, then Jeanne Driver, was a dear friend of Peter. They both lived in Wherstead Road, ipswich and spent much time together, walking by the river Orwell. Peter was a very kind young man, highly regarded by people who knew him, and my mother was devastated by his loss in a sailing accident on Loch Gair which was never explained. My mother faithfully visited Peter’s mother, Mrs Rumsey, who had also suffered the loss of a daughter through meningitis, until she died. My mother eventually married my father and had four children. The youngest, my brother Pete Atkinson, took up sailing and lived on a yacht for 22 years, mainly in the South Pacific. My mother must have had nerves of steel to cope with his long passages between Pacific islands with no news of his safety, but she had a generous spirit to the end.


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