William David Taylor

Rank Private
Service No TF/3374
Date of Death 16/09/1916
Age 21
Regiment/Service Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment 1st/7th Battalion
Memorial Thiepval Memorial. This memorial to the missing of the Somme bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.  


William was born in 1895 in Thorncliffe, Kent, while his father was based at Shorncliffe Army Barracks. His parents were William George (b.1868) and Mary Jane Amelia Taylor, nee Holt (1873-1970). He had two siblings: Edith (b.1893) and Arthur (b.1897). While Edith was also born in Thorncliffe, Arthur was born in South Africa.

His father, a sergeant in the Middlesex Regiment, was transferred to Hounslow Barracks around 1890. It was here that he met Mary Holt, daughter of one of the barracks’ labourers, and married her in St Paul’s Hounslow on 2nd June 1892.

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at Hounslow Barracks.

William enlisted in Fulham but at the time of his death, ‘Finchley’ is listed as his place of residence. In 1916, William’s parents were living in Fleming Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

The St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine of November 1916, records that William ‘was formerly a member of our choir. He enlisted immediately war was declared. His brother Arthur, also formerly a member of our choir, enlisted in the regular army about the same time, the latter having been wounded twice and has but recently returned again to France.’