Huthwaite War Memorial Project

TAYLOR C. 16856

Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor

Private 16856 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regiment 12th Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 12th August 1916 : Aged 19

Thiepval Memorial - Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A

Charles was born and raised in Huthwaite with parents addressed at 4 Mill Cottages. Young Chas was a keen church attendant, and a miner at the New Hucknall Colliery where he heard pit-top appeals for army volunteers. He enlisted for duty in September 1914, and was drafted to France a year after.

From Notts Free Press - 1st. September, 1916 - Huthwaite Sherwood's Death
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.

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 08 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott