Charles Ernest TAYLOR

TAYLOR, Charles Ernest

Service Number: 608
Enlisted: 20 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 12th Machine Gun Company
Born: Tickera, Kapunda, South Australia, 10 November 1895
Home Town: Murray Bridge, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds (gas poisoning), Stourbridge, England, United Kingdom, 25 April 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Stourbridge Cemetery
Consecrated section, Grave 342 Rev. W.H. Pritchard officiated at 3.30pm Funeral director was J. Wheatley & Sons of Birmingham, England. Coffin was of good polished elm, Stourbridge Cemetery, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kadina Memorial High School WW1 Honour Roll, Kent Town Prince Alfred College 'Nobly Striving, Nobly Fell' Roll of Honour, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
17 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 608, 8th Machine Gun Company, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '21' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Omrah embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
17 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 608, 8th Machine Gun Company, RMS Omrah, Melbourne
17 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 608, Gassed
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 608, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 608 awm_unit: 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1918-04-25
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 608, 12th Machine Gun Company

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of John Taylor and Jessie Mina Taylor nee Kinnear of Tintinara, SA

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 25th April.... Private Charles Ernest Taylor was born at Tickera, near Kadina, South Australia in 1895. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in 1916 as a 21 year old Farmer.

Private Charles Ernest Taylor embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Omrah (A5) on 17th January, 1917 with the 8th Machine Gun Company, 10th Reinforcements. He was admitted to Ship’s Hospital on 9th March, 1917 & discharged from Ship’s Hospital on 14th March, 1917. Private Taylor disembarked in England on 27th March, 1917.

Private Taylor was posted to Machine Gun Training Depot at Belton Park, Grantham from Australia on 28th March, 1917. He proceeded to France on 26th June, 1917 & was posted to Machine Gun Base Depot at Camiers, France on 27th June, 1917. Private Taylor joined 8th Australian Machine Gun Company in France on 4th October, 1917.

Private Charles Ernest Taylor was wounded in action in France – Gassed on 17th April, 1918. He was invalided to England on 21st April, 1918 & was admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge Section, England on 23rd April, 1918 with Shell Gas Poisoning.

Private Charles Ernest Taylor died at 9 pm on 25th April, 1918 at 1st Southern General Hospital, Stourbridge Section, Birmingham, West Midlands, England from wounds - Shell Gas Poisoning (was classed as wounded in action).

Private Charles Ernest Taylor was buried at 3.30 pm on 30th April, 1918 in Stourbridge Cemetery, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England – Soldiers Plot where 12 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.
The personal effects of the late Private Charles Ernest Taylor were returned from England to Australia per H.M.A.T. Barunga. In a letter to Private Taylor’s father from Base Records: ““…regret to inform you that a package of personal effects of your son, the late No. 608 Private C. E. Taylor, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, was included in a consignment if 5500 packages comprising the personal effects of over 5000 soldiers, shipped per the H.M.A.T. “Barunga” which was lost by enemy action at sea. This is all the more regrettable as the loss by the “Barunga” was the only instance in which any personal effects of deceased members of the A.I.F., were lost in transit to Australia. To date no advice has been received as to the contents of the packages consigned per the “Barunga”, but A.I.F. Headquarters, London, has been requested to furnish inventories, and when to hand all concerned will be advised….”

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



Cemetery  details: Stourbridge  Cemetery, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom