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TAUNTON ST ANDREW'S WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Archie Needs & Carol Dimmer 2019

St. Andrew's Church is to be found in Greenway Avenue, Taunton. When St Andrew's was first built it comprised a nave and 2 side aisles and seated 500. In 1893 the original south aisle was removed and a new larger south aisle was added, together with the Lady Chapel beyond (the north aisle was retained). The High Altar was also extended. The additional 200 - 300 seats were needed to accommodate the rapidly increasing congregation who could no longer be comfortably seated. The church was re-dedicated in 1893, only 11 years after it first opened. St. Andrew's was built to serve the rapidly expanding area of Taunton which served the newly arrived Great Western Railway, and soon became known as "The Railway Parish". The names of the World War 1 fallen are listed in six of the eight panels at the base of main screen behind the pulpit.

Photographs from old postcards

ATTENDITE AD PETRAM UNDE EXCISI ESTIS

1914-1919

ADAMS Arthur
Private 240155 2/5th Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 1377 SLI. Arthur was born in Taunton in 1893 and lived at 3 North Town Crescent. Died in Iraq on 26th October 1917 aged 24 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial.
ADAMS John
Corporal 205183 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment, formerly 2705 Somerset Light Infantry. Lived at 9 North Town Crescent and died 23rd August 1917 in Burma aged 27 and is buried in Rangoon War Cemetery.
ARNOLD Geoffrey Francis

Captain 1/5th Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Taunton in 1891 and attended Blundell's School in Tiverton. Died at the Battle of Dujaila on 8th March 1916 aged 24 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

BABB William Edward Jack
Private 137133 3rd Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Born in East Brent in 1899 the son of a Chauffeur, Jack lived at 6 Cyril Street in Taunton. He was killed in France on 2nd September 1918 aged 19 and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial.
BAILEY Newman Joynt
Engine Room Artifacer M14638 HMS Blake. Newman was born in Tiverton on 1st August 1897 and married Lily Gill in Taunton in 1910. They lived at 3 William Street, Taunton. Murph, as he was known, died of disease on 23rd November 1918 aged 32 is buried in St James Cemetery in Taunton along with his parents Newman Bailey and Anna Joynt.
BLACKMORE Russell Henry
Private 6287 5th Connaught Rangers. Born in Exeter in 1894 and enlisted at St Ives in Cornwall. Lived at Rockbeare in Salisbury Street, Taunton in 1911. Russell worked for the Great Western Railway in their Hotels Department and died on 14th January 1916 in Bulgaria and is buried in Sofia Central Cemetery.
BRINKWORTH Frederick George
Private 11560 4th Canadian Infantry. Frederick was born in Taunton in 1889 and married Rhoda Cuff in 1914. His father George was a Postman and the family lived in Herbert Street, Taunton. He died on 24th April 1915 aged 26 and is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial.
CHAFEY Clifford James
Lance Corporal 13026 9th Devon Regiment. Born in Taunton in 1893 and lived at 40 Albermarle Road. His father Samuel was a Bus/Cab Driver and Clifford worked as a Baker's Assistant before the War. He enlisted at Ynyshir in Wales and died on 5th September 1916 aged just 19 and is buried at Heilly Station in France.
CHAFEY Herbert Edgar
Lance Corporal 21396 10th Gloucestershire Regiment. Brother of Clifford, Herbert was born in Taunton in 1896. He died on 16th June 1916 aged 20 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery in France.
CLEAL Reginald Willie
Lance Corporal 27631 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Taunton in 1892, his father Thomas was a Railway Traffic Keeper. Reginald was a Grocer's Assistant and the family lived at 10 Cyril Street in 1901 and at 12 Greenway Avenue in 1911. He died on 4th October 1917 aged 25 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
CROCKER Francis George
2nd Lieutenant 8th East Yorkshire Regiment. He was born in London in 1897 and was baptised in Frome. His father George Ashcombe Crocker was a native of Long Sutton, Somerset and a Furniture Buyer by trade. Francis died on 14th July 1916 aged just 19 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
CUMMINGS John
Private 25834 7th Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Wembdon in 1882, he was a Cowman on an Estate. He married Lilian Stoodley from Chard in 1904 and died on 16th August 1917 aged 35 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
DAVEY William
Private 7255 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Taunton in 1887, he was a Railway Foreman and lived at 40 Kingston Road. William died on 13th June 1915 aged 28 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
DAVIDGE Alfred Ernest
Leading Seaman 200441 HMS Columbella. He was born in Swindon in 1882 and worked for the Great Western Railway. His father George was a Boiler Maker. He married Louisa Pomeroy in 1913 and they lived at 23 Thomas Street in Taunton. Alfred died on 17th March 1917 aged 32 and is buried in St James Cemetery in Taunton.
DAVIS Harry Sydney
Private 15332 8th Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Taunton in 1881 and lived at 14 William Street. He died on 25th September 1915 aged 34 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.
DAWKINS Frederick Cecil
Lance Corporal 14980 7th Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Taunton in 1895 he was the son of Cecil Oswald Dawkins a Piano Tuner and Rose Drew. In 1901 they lived at 19 Albemarle Road and by 1911 had moved to Carlton Terrace in Station Road, Taunton. Frederick was an Office Assistant and was killed on 17th September 1916 aged just 21. He is buried at Bronfay Farm in France.
DAY Clarence Henry John
Private 295518 12th Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Durston in 1898, his father Robert Henry was a Railway Shunter for the Great Western Railway and his mother was Ellen Kinglake. In 1911 the family lived at 44 Richmond Road in Taunton. Clarence died on 10th November 1917 aged just 19 and is buried in Beersheba Cemetery in Israel.
FRANKLIN John Henry James
Private 34737 11th Worcestershire Regiment. Born in 1885 in Cardiff, John married Laura Emily Lockyer at St Andrew's Church, Taunton in 1906. He was a Printer by trade and the family lived at 35 Portman Street. He died on 23rd April 1917 aged 32 and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial in Greece.
GILES Reginald William
Private 6194 2nd Devonshire Regiment. Born in 1892 in Wellington, his father William Giles was a House Painter and his mother was Mary Eliza Tooze, they lived at 14 Whitehall, Taunton in 1911. Reginald died on 24th December 1914 aged 22 and is buried in the Boulogne East Cemetery in France.
GREGORY Walter Stanley
2nd Lieutenant 5th Wiltshire Regiment, formerly 11936 Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Wellington in 1888, the son of a Chemist he attended King's College in Taunton. A Solictor by trade, Walter was killed at the Battle of Shatt-Al-Adhaim on 30 April 1917 aged 29 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.
HARVEY Frederick Andrew
Sergeant 7309 Dorset Regiment. Frederick was born in Taunton on 18th November 1886 and joined the Great Western Railway as a Lad Porter aged 14, following in the footsteps of his father William. His mother was Sylvia Leaford and the family lived at 13 Salisbury Street, Taunton. Frederick was killed in the Moplah Rising on October 1st 1921 aged 35 and is buried in Malabar Cemetery in India. His name was added later to the War Memorial.
HAWKER Harold Victor
Sergeant 8653 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Harold was born in Taunton in 1894 to John Solomon Hawker, a bugler in the Somerset Light Infantry, and Clara Marks. The family lived at 22 Alma Street, Taunton before Harold lost his life on 8th August 1916 aged 22. He is buried in the Essex Farm Cemetery in Belgium.
HAWKINS Henry Reginald James
Private 30098 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Henry was born in Wellington in 1886 and married Hilda Beatrice Paddick in 1907 at St Andrew's Church in Taunton. His father James was a publican and Henry and Hilda together with their two sons and two daughters lived at 5 Whitehall in Taunton. Henry died on 15th July 1917 aged 31 and is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.
HILL Harold James
Private 2697 2nd Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Milverton on 23rd November 1896 to house painter Francis Robert and mother Florence Ida Giles. Lived in Lesie Avenue in Taunton before moving to Staplegrove Road. Harold left the army due to sickness and died on 23rd October 1916 aged 19. He is buried in Staplegrove Cemetery.
HUTCHINGS Percy John
Private 4165 5th Bedfordshire Regiment. Born in Taunton in 1889, and baptised at St Andrews Church, to William Hutchings (Railway Porter) and Mary Elizabeth Vaux. The family lived in 30 Jubilee Street, Taunton before Percy was killed on 3rd September 1915 aged 25. He is buried in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery in Turkey.
KIRK Harold Raymond
2nd Lieutenant 4th Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 295239 West Somerset Yeomanry. Harold was born in Bath in 1896 and attended Huish's Grammar School in Taunton. His father Albert Richard Kirk was a tailor's cutter and his mother was Emma Pethbridge. The family lived at 60 Greenway Road in Taunton. Harold died on 31st July 1917 aged 21 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

KNIGHT Victor John
Private 203344 2nd Worcestershire Regiment. John Knight was born in Taunton in 1887 and baptised at St James Church. His father Robert was a grocer and gardener and his mother was Jane Stone. The family ran The Stores in Staplegrove Road before John died on 26th September 1917 aged 30. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
MARKE Herbert
Company Sergeant Major 8683 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Bertie was born in Paddington in 1886 to Robert Marke and Sarah Jane. He married Ethel Ruth Dingle at Holy Trinity Church in Taunton on July 10th 1913. They lived at 32 Queen Street, Taunton after their marriage and Bertie was later awarded the Military Medal before dying on 23rd April 1917 aged 30. He was described by his Commanding Officer as "A very good reliable man. Honest, sober and trustworthy. He is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.
MEARS Arthur James
Private 295085 12th Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 780 West Somerset Yeomanry. Born in Whimple, Devon in 1897, his father James was a butler and his mother was Minnie Burbidge Watts. The family lived at 27 Greenway Avenue, Taunton and Arthur died on 23rd September 1918 aged 21. He is buried in the Doingt Cemetery in France.
MEARS Frederick William
Private 240317 1/5th Somerset Light Infantry. Brother of Arthur James and born in Whimple, Devon in 1895. He was also just 21 when he died on 25th November 1916. He is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.
MITCHELL Wilfred Lionel
Petty Officer Motor Mechanic 10045 Royal Naval Air Service. Wilfred was born in Taunton on 15th December 1885, the son of Alfred Mitchell and Emma Jones. The family lived at Glen Oak, Greenway Avenue in Taunton. Lionel died on 1st July 1917 aged 32 and is remembered on the Poznan War Memorial in Poland.
MORLE Henry
1st Class Stoker 200718 HMS Goliath. Henry was born in Taunton in 1882 and baptised at St Andrews Church. His father Henry was a Railway Porter and his mother was Harriet. They lived in Cherry Grove before moving firstly to Portman Street and then to Peter Street in Taunton. Henry died on 13th May 1915 when his ship HMS Goliath was sunk in the Dardanelles. He was 33 years old and is commemorated on the Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe.
PHILLIPS William

Private 1250 2nd West Somerset Yeomanry. Born in 1895 at Thurloxton to Frank Phillips (Joiner) and Emily Symes. Before the war William was an Office Boy and the family lived at 14 Raleigh Terrace in Taunton. He died on 23rd February 1915 aged 20 and is buried in St James Cemetery in Taunton.

ROWE Stafford Gordon Garnet Godfrey Thomas
Lieutenant 3rd Dorset Regiment. Born in Bradninch in 1896, his father Thomas was in the Royal Marines and his mother was Mary Elizabeth Webster. The family lived at 38 Richmond Road in Taunton before Stafford was killed on 10th November 1917 aged 21. He is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery in Belgium.
RYALL Herbert James
Private 241537 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Born in Wellington in 1887, the family moved to Wood Street, Taunton in 1891 and by 1901 were at 3 Gladstone Street. James was a van boy before becoming a laundry worker by 1911. Herbert was killed in action at the Battle of Ell-Jib in Palestine on 23rd November 1917. He was 30 years old and is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery.
SEARLE Fred
Private 29783 1st Wiltshire Regiment, formerly 21723 Somerset Light Infantry. Fred was born in Whitestaunton in 1896 to Charles Searle and Mary Bench. He died on 10th April 1918 aged 22 and is buried in the Strand Cemetery in Belgium.
SIMONS Edward
Company Quarter Master Sergeant 205082 7th Shropshire Light Infantry. Edward was born in Bedford in 1882 to Arthur Thomas Simons (Grocer) and Eva Louisa Maile. Before the war he was a Commercial Traveller selling soap and lodged at 29 Cyril Street in Taunton. Edward died on 25th March 1918 aged 35 and is buried in Wailly Orchard Cemetery in France.
SIMPKISS Cyril
Private 28787 7th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, formerly 1531 West Somerset Yeomanry. Born in Brighouse, Yorkshire in 1898 to William Edward Simpkiss (Dental Anaesthetist) and Annie Harper. The family lived at Kilkenny Villas in Taunton in 1911 and Cyril was killed on 2nd April 1918 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France.
SWEET Herbert James
Private 295584 12th Somerset Light Infantry. Herbert was born in Taunton in 1898 and was baptised in St Andrews Church. His father James was a licensed victualler at the Coach and Horses in East Street, Taunton before moving to 14 Cyril Street. His mother was Ellen Mary Jennings and he had six brothers and two sisters. Cyril died on 6th November 1917 aged 19 and is buried in Beersheeba War Cemetery in Israel.
TAYLOR William Horace
Private 44118 10th Yorkshire Light Infantry, formely 183561 Royal Horse Artillery. William was born in Toronto, Canada in 1887. The family later returned to England and lived in 28 Fowler Street, Taunton. He married Georgina Matravers in Taunton in 1906 and was a grocer's assistant. William died on 4th October 1917 aged 30 and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.
THORNE Horace Charles
Private 1810 1st Royal Marine Light Infantry. Horace was born in Taunton on 12th April 1898 and his father Robert William Clements Thorne was a leather worker in the tan yard. His mother was Alice Jane Salter and they were married in St James Church, Taunton on 26th May 1889. In 1911 the family lived at 6 York Terrace and Horace was a Tram Driver before the War. He died on 7th April 1918 aged 19 and is buried in Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery in France.
TYTE William George
Rifleman 2960 8th King's Royal Rifle Corps. Born in 1895 in Belvedere, Kent and his father was George James Tyte an engineer. In 1911 William was living with his mother Emily Annie Shewring at 3 Jubilee Street, Taunton. William died on 29th September 1916 aged 21 and is buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen in France.
VIGERS Arthur Finch
Private 295357 12th Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 1598 West Somerset Yeomanry. Arthur was born in Lydney in 1890 to William Vigers, a Carriage Painter, and Anna Webber. In 1901 Arthur was living at 3 Portman Street, Taunton and by 1911 he was a Furnace Worker living at 10 Greenway Road. He died on 2nd September 1918 aged 28 and is buried in Peronne Cemetery in France.
WARR Ernest Andrew
Private 14414 2nd Royal Fusiliers. Ernest was born in Taunton in 1893 and the family lived at 6 Belgrave Place, Taunton. By 1911 Ernest was a soldier living in Hounslow Barracks. His father Isaac Warr was a Mason's Labourer and his mother Elizabeth Davey worked in a shirt factory. Ernest died on 25th April 1915 aged 21 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli.
WATTS Sidney Gilbert
Private 6168 Royal Army Medical Corps. Sidney was born in Congresbury in 1892, his father Arthur Edward Watts was a Railway Inspector and his mother was Laura Elizabeth Poultney. The family lived at 62 Greenway Avenue in Taunton. He was discharged from the Army on 14th August 1916 as unfit for further service. Sidney died at home on 24th September 1916 aged 24 and is buried in St James Cemetery in Taunton.
WEBBER Edward Courtney
Guardsman 2037 4th Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Edward was born in Torquay, Devon in 1893 to William Webber (Cabman) and Elizabeth Courtney. In 1902 he married Mary Ley and the family moved to 2 Belgrave Place, Taunton where he became a House Painter. Edward died on 27th August 1918 aged 35 and is buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery in France.
WEBBER Sydney William
Lance Corporal 34651 3rd Gloucestershire Regiment. Sydney was born in Wiveliscombe on 11th May 1885 to George Webber (Verger) and Mary Ann Davies. In 1901 the family lived at 46 Greenway Lane in Taunton and in 1908 Sydney married Florence Bigwood and became manager of a boot and shoe shop in Stoke on Trent. Sydney died on 6th JUne 1919 aged 34 and is buried in St Sepulchre's Cemetery in Poona, India.
WEBSTER Henry Hugh
Leading Cook 347765 HMS Seagull. Henry was born in Inniskilling on 9th October 1888 to Patrick Webster and Sarah Annie Clode. in 1901 he was Butcher's Boy in Bishops Hull before enlisting in the Royal Navy on 18th July 1907 whilst the family were living at 2 Goviers Cottages, Wood Street, Taunton. He died on board HMS Seagull on 30 September 1918 aged 32 and is commemorated on the Naval Memorial at Plymouth Hoe.
WESCOMBE Rodney James
Sergeant 7077 2nd Dorset Regiment. Rodney was born in Taunton on 13th June 1885. His father Henry was a Carpenter and mother Elizabeth Stambury a Dressmaker. The family lived at 18 Portman Street, Taunton before moving to 1 Raleigh Terrace by 1901. Rodney was a Grocer's Apprentice before the War and married Florence Anna Edie in Bombay whilst serving in the Army. He died on 6th September 1917 aged 32 and is buried in Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.
WESTCOTT Harry Cecil
Private 11456 8th Gloucestershire Regiment. Harry was born in Taunton in 1886 to James Westcott, House Painter and Eliza Jane. In 1911 the family were living at 7 George Street, Taunton where Harry was also a House Painter. Harry enlisted in the Army at Gloucester but was killed on 25th October 1916 aged 30. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
WHITTLE Cyril Herbert Spence

Lieutenant 15th Hussars. Cyril was born in Sculcoates, Yorkshire on 17th August 1883. His father Herbert John was a Barrister/Solicitor in Beverley and his mother was Caroline Haynes Hutchinson. An only child, Cyril was commissioned in the Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1902, later transferring to 15th Kings Hussars in December 1908. In January 1912, he was seconded to the Egyptian Army and later died at the Battle of Mons on 24th August 1914 aged 31. He is commemorated on Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.

WITHEY Frank Tom
Private 175969 Royal Army Service Corps. Frank was born in Taunton in 1890 and baptised at St Andrews Church. His father Thomas was a Monumental Mason and his mother was Amelia Tape. The family lived at 4 Cherry Grove, Taunton before moving to 17 Salisbury Street. Frank died on 22nd October 1916 aged 27 and is buried in Voi Cemetery in Kenya.
YEANDLE William Andrew
Rifleman 301477 2nd London Regiment. William was born in Taunton in 1896. He was an Ironmonger's Apprentice and lived with his mother Emma at 8 St Andrews Terrace, Cheddon Road, Taunton in 1911. He died on 9th September 1917 aged 22 and is buried in the Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery in Belgium.

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