Charles Taylor

First Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Taylor
Mother's Name: 
Rachael Taylor nee Evans
Father's Name: 
Evan Taylor
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, August 11, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Battalion
Company: 
B
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Place of Death: 
Pozieres, France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Charles Taylor was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1879, and had emigrated to Australia some time after 1901.

When Charles enlisted (Service No 301) at Liverpool, N.S.W., he was 35 years of age, single, lived at Corrimal, N.S.W. and employed as a bricklayer.  His enlistment papers show that Charles had served with the RSA (volunteer), as well as being on active duty in German New Guinea with the RFA Territorials.

Charles embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 Berrima with Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit), C Company, for Rabaul on 19th August 1914 and served there for 6 months.  He was discharged from the ANMEF on 4th March 1915.

On 16th April 1915 Charles enlisted (Service No 2233) with the AIF, and embarked from Sydney on HMAT A63 Karoola with 6th Reinforcements, 1st Battalion on 16th June 1915.

The troops arrived in Egypt, and Charles joined B Company, 1st Battalion at Gallipoli on 6th August 1915, taking part in the battle for Lone Pine.  He was evacuated sick on 10th September 1915 and returned to his unit in Egypt on 29th December 1915.

Charles was then sent on to France, arriving on 28th March 1916.  While taking part in the battle of Pozieres, Charles was killed sometime between 22nd and 25th July 1916.

Charles is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boissell, France; Plot IV, Row P, Grave 8.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, TAYLOR C

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