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|TAYLOR, ALBERT FREDERICK RANDALL
Royal Sussex Regiment 2nd Bn.
Died 24-September-1918 aged 25
Son of Thomas G. and Clara Taylor, of "Winkworth," High St., Banstead, Surrey.
Memorial Reference: Panel 86 to 88.
TYNE COT MEMORIAL Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.(Alfred)
All Saints Church Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
ALL Saints Church Wood Panel.(Albert)
1901 census; Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 578; Folio: 15; Page: 22.
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TO BE RESOLVED : FIRST NAME DISCREPANCY.
Resolved via 1901 census. Correct name is Albert.
All Saints Church
|TAYLOR, JOHN WILLIAM |
Army Service Corps Unit Text: 884th Motor Transport Company. Secondary Unit Text: attd. XIX Corps
Died 19 August 1917 aged 20
Son of Walter and Mary Ann Taylor,(nee Smith) of "Corbridge", Lyme Regis Rd., Banstead, Surrey.
John William Taylor was the fifth son of Walter and Mary Ann. The other siblings were Walter, Thomas, Kenneth, Joseph, Elsie,and younger brother Fred. In 1901 the family lived at 17 Mint Cottages and Walter senior was a coachman.
Private Taylor served with a Motor Transport Company. Often called Ammunition Parks, they operated dumps, or stores, of ammunition. This included the larger calibre of artillery shells which required special handling equipment, smaller shells, mortar rounds, grenades and small arms ammunition too.
XIX Corps in the form of the 15th, 16th, 36th and 61st Divisions were involved in the Battle of Langemarck, a village north east of Ypres in Belgium. The battle took place over three days - 16th to 18th of August 1917. Private J W Taylor died on the 18th or the following day and it is likely that he was wounded during this phase of the Third Battle of Ypres and lost his life shortly afterwards. It may seem strange to describe this event as 'fortuitous' but it is almost certainly the reason that Private Taylor has a known grave unlike so many of his comrades.
The immediate tactical aim of the offensive was the recapture of high ground from which the German artillery could observe and accurately bombard targets in the vicinity of Ypres which was in Allied hands.
The exceptionally wet August weather had turned parts of the Ypres battlefield into a quagmire as many of the vital drainage channels of this low-lying area of Belgium were completely destroyed by the British and German shelling. The whole area turned into a sea of mud and blood that became known as Passchendaele, named after a local village where some of the heaviest fighting took place.
The attack to capture the village of Langemarck from the Germans was masterminded by the British commander in chief Sir Douglas Haig. He was reportedly unaware of the heavy rains and thickening mud which bogged down the Allied infantry and artillery and despite advice to the contrary he proceeded with the planned offensive.
On August 16, at Langemarck, to the west of Passchendaele, four days of fierce fighting resulted in a British victory; the number of casualties was very high in proportion to the small gains made.
By the time their son was killed, Walter and Mary Ann Taylor had moved to 'Corbridge', Lyme Regis Road, a property that they were able to buy using money sent home by their sons.
The family grave is in Banstead Churchyard and the headstone shows the following:
Walter Taylor, died 23rd April 1923, Aged 70
Mary Ann Taylor, his beloved wife died 23rd June 1951, aged 89
Son, John W. Taylor who fell in France, 18th August1917, aged 20 years
Private John William Taylor is buried at the
WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, ST. JEAN-LES-YPRES, Belgium.
Grave Reference:I. A. 24.
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Family history from Gill Marlow, grandaughter of Walter Taylor (junior).
Army Service Corps Motor Transport Company website
Western Front Association website
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|TICKENER G. (See G. Tichener)|
|TICHENER GEORGE (Name inscribed as Tickener on the Banstead War
10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars.
Died 11 April 1917 age unknown
Bay 1, Arras Memorial
Further research notes:
All Saints book show residence as Court House
Genealogy notes per BAR. 8 Dec 2009:-
George Titchener registered JunQ 1882 Reigate
1891 Tolesworth Farm, Chaldon, Sy
James Tichenor 69 Ag Lab
Alice 22, James 15, Kate 11, Ellen 10, George 8 all born Chaldon
1901 Quarry Mount cottages Chaldon
Geo Tichener 19 Domestic Groom, , born Chaldon,boarding with John Russell, coachman
1911 Court House stables, Banstead (W Chalk in charge)
Henry Moore 54 Single Domestic groom b Islington
George Tichener 28 Domestic groom born Chaldon
So in 1917 he was c35
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission.)
All Saints Church Garton Memorial, Banstead, Surrey.
ALL Saints Church Wood Panel. .
Last updtae 18 Feb 2010 Added further research notes
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All Saints Church
|TONGE, ARCHIBALD GERVASE
London Regiment (London Scottish) 14th Bn.
Died 20-October-1916 aged 30
Son of James and Betsy Ann Tonge, of the Post Office, High Street, Banstead, Surrey.
Railway records show that Archibald worked as a clerk in the Registration department earning 51/6 (51 shillings and sixpence, now just over £2.50 a week). He left for active service on the 15 March 1914. The final entry on the railway register shows "Killed in Action".
Grave Reference: III.
All Saints Church