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taylor-c.h.Charles was featured on this blog in September 1915. An article appeared about him, including a photograph, in the Midland Counties Express on 11 December 1915, however as his first name was given as “Harry”, the connection was not made immediately.

This article gives some details about Charles or Harry’s career to date. He first worked for Wolverhampton Education Authority until January 1905, when he left to work at Chelmsford under the Education Committee of Essex County Council. In June 1913, he joined the accountancy department of Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron, and Coal Co., Ltd, at Ebbw Vale.

On the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the Gloucester Hussars (Yeomanry), with whom he served until March 1915. He was then commissioned, first as second-lieutenant and later full lieutenant, with the 10th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. Having “rendered good service” and being “occupied continuously with the duties imposed upon him”, he succumbed to rheumatism and shock, and was granted leave of absence to visit his mother and relatives. Unfortunately, he was sailing on the ill-fated hospital ship, Anglia, and was reported drowned by the War Office.