Private 16856 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regiment 12th Battalion
Enlisted: Mansfield September 1914
Killed in Action Somme 12th August 1916 : Aged 19
Thiepval Memorial - Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A
Private 16856 Charles Taylor was born 1897 in Hucknall Huthwaite. Parents 1894 marriage between coal miner Mr John Taylor from Pilsley and Miss Paulina Allsop from Hucknall-under-Huthwaite presented first two children born in Tibshelf. Son William 1885 and daughter Pricilla 1886 were relocated to home future family 4 Mill Cottages off Sutton Road.
Young Chas is listed from Huthwaite 1901 census. Its where father John had gained underground Deputy position at New Hucknall Colliery. Sons started work as Coal Miner Gangers, including Charles sharing interests with a newly built Parish Church by time 1911 census identifies fullest household. Headed by John 48, Mrs Paulina Taylor 37, is then left mothering five sons, John Percy 16, Charles 14, Arthur 12, Sydney 10, Leonard 9.
Pte Charles Taylor joined Bible Class chums and work colleagues who heard pit-top appeals for army volunteers at the outbreak of war. His September 1914 Mansfield enlistment offered service number 16856 among the local Notts & Derbys Regiment. Their Sherwood Foresters 12th Battalion were drafted to France in 1915.
Private C Taylor was killed in action a year later under shellfire. Thiepval Memorial commemorates all those with no graves through fierce Battle of the Somme. Huthwaite Cenotaph and Parish Church locally lists Roll of Honour. A stained glass window also names lost members of the Young Mens Bible Class when Chas was organ blower.
Official intimation has been received of the death of Private Chas. Taylor, 16856, A Company, 12th. Battalion Sherwood Foresters, a son of Mr. and Mrs J. Taylor, of 4, Mill Cottages, Huthwaite. A letter sent to Sutton by a soldier friend tells how he was killed on the 12th. of August by a shell while out with a bombing party. Private Taylor had written home on the same date, and was killed in the evening, the official intimation being received on the 23rd. Private Taylor was only 19 years old, and was previously employed at New Hucknall Colliery. He joined the army in September, 1914, as a result of an appeal on the pit-top to the miners by Col. Rolleston and others. He had been in France just a year, and during that period had not been home on leave. Formerly he attended the Parish Church, and officiated as organ blower.