CFHS code : PL220
Parish : St Paul
Inscription : Suffolk Regiment Insignia Private 9585 H H TAYLOR Suffolk Regiment 17 Jan 1919 aged 47
Monument : Headstone
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.202162 0.13626447 – click here for location
Commonwealth War Grave headstone in the parish area of St Paul, to the east of the western path just north of the Lodge.
H. H. Taylor
17th January 1919 age 47’
“Rest in Peace”
Henry Haylock Taylor (1871‒1919)
Private (9585) in the 9th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. He then transferred as a Sergeant (543109) to the Labour Corps. He died after the end of hostilities of the First World War, on 17 January 1919, after a short illness in the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge. He is buried in this grave. Henry is commemorated with his son, Henry William Taylor (1895‒1917), on the war memorial in the Cambridge Guildhall and on the war memorial at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge. His name also appears on a plaque in St George’s Chapel in Ely Cathedral.
Henry was born in 1871 in Cambridge. He was the eldest of at least two children born to William Matthew Taylor and Sarah Taylor (formerly Harvey, née Cole). His mother already had five children by her first marriage. Henry was baptised with his younger sister, Harriet, on 27 December 1874 at the Church of St Andrew the Less, Cambridge. Henry’s father was a porter to a silversmith. Henry was employed as a coal carter and then as a carman.
Henry married Susan Richardson on 9 July 1892 at the Church of St Andrew the Less. Susan worked as a laundress. They had six children including: Gladys Minnie (1893‒1978), Henry William (1895‒1917), Ada Victoria (1897‒1963), Harriet Elizabeth (1900-?) and Dorothy Ethel (1903-?). The family lived at 10 New Street, then 2 Russell Cottages Street, and finally 26 Russell Street, Cambridge. Henry enlisted as Private (9585) in the 9th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. He then transferred as a Sergeant (543109) to the Labour Corps. He died after the end of hostilities, on 17 January 1919, after a short illness in the 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge. He is buried in this grave. (See download for an obituary and report of his funeral.)
Henry Haylock Taylor obituary and funeral report
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[Not buried in this Cemetery]
Henry’s son, Henry junior, had been an errand boy for a butcher before the outbreak of the war. He enlisted in Cambridge and was serving on the Western Front from 15 August 1914 (just two weeks after the outbreak of war). He became a Sergeant (8741) in the Suffolk Regiment and was awarded the Military Medal. He was also entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. In 1916 he married Frances Kathleen Mary Houchin in the district of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Henry junior died of wounds on 14 June 1917 in France. He was buried in Plot IV. Row J. Grave 40 in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.
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England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
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England & Wales, Death Index, 1916‒2007
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914‒1919
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By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent