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Charles Harry Taylor was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of George Isaac and Annie Taylor. In 1901, the family were living at 2 Drummond Street, together with Charles’s brothers Frederick H. and George B. By this date, the sixteen-year old Charles (here known as “Harry C.”), was a solicitors clerk.

Charles or Harry enlisted as a Lieutenant in the 10th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He became wounded and was transported on the hospital ship, HMHS Anglia, from Calais back to Dover. On the night of 17 November 1915, the ship hit a German mine, and sunk within fifteen minutes, killing 164 out of the 390 (mainly injured officers and soldiers) on board. One of the men who died was Charles Taylor. He is commemorated at Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery, on the same grave as that of his parents, who unfortunately both died the same year – his father, George, on 16 February, and his mother, Annie, on 18 November, the day after her son. A photograph of this grave appears on Martin Nicholson’s cemetery site.

 

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