Rank: Private 26289 previously 141574
Regiment or Ship: 5th Bn Wiltshire Regiment previously Royal Field Artillery
Service Number(s): 26289 previously 141574
Occupation: Working on Market Garden
Date of Birth: 1895
Place of Birth: Wandsworth, London (Surrey according to 1901 Census)
Date of Death: 11.01.1917
Place of Death: Mesopotamia Place of Burial / Memorials:
1. Amara War Cemetery XVIII C 11.
2. St Mark’s Bexhill Memorial.
3. Bexhill Town Memorial.
4. Little Common Memorial.
5. St. Stephen’s Church Memorial, Bexhill.
Address: Broad Oak Gardens, Bexhill
Photos and newspaper articles
Charles Taylor, b. 1859 in Donhead St. Mary, Wilts., and Annie, b. 1863 in Middlemarsh, Dorset.
William Taylor, b. 1892 in Petersfield, Hants. W0185 TAYLOR William
Frederick Taylor, b. 1894 in Wandsworth, London (Surrey).
Sybil Taylor, b. 1897 in Wandsworth, London (Surrey).
Dorothy Taylor, b. 1900 in Wandsworth, London (Surrey).
Evelyn Taylor, b. 1901 in Bexhill, Sussex.
Arthur Taylor, b. 1907 in Bexhill, Sussex.
(Plus one other – the 1911 census records 8 live births, 7 still living.)
First World War Experience
Gilbert served in the Army in Mesopotamia. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
The following was reported in the Bexhill Chronicle on 3rd March 1917:
The Reverend M. B. Stuart-Fox, Rector of St. Mark’s, in “News from the Front”, in the “Parish Magazine”, writes:-
“We regret to report the deaths of Gilbert Taylor (Wilts. Regiment) and Frederick Frost, R.G.A. The former was killed in action in Mesopotamia, the latter in France. …….”
An In Memoriam in the Bexhill Observer dated Saturday, 11th January, 1919 reads:-
TAYLOR :- In ever loving memory of our darling boy, Private Gilbert Charles Taylor, 5th Wilts. Regiment, who was killed in action at the Persian Gulf January, 11th, 1917.”