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Pte. James Edwin Tait

British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.29th Apr 1915)


Lt. James Edward Tait VC, MC.

Canadian Expeditionary Forces 7th Btn. (Manitoba Regiment),

(d.11th Aug 1918)

James Tait was killed on the 11th August 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on a special memorial in the Fouquescourt British Cemetery in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 24th Sept., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack. The advance having been checked by intense machine-gun fire, Lt. Tait rallied his company and led it forward with consummate skill and dash under a hail of bullets. A concealed machine gun, however, continued to cause many casualties. Taking a rifle and bayonet, Lt. Tait dashed forward alone and killed the enemy gunner. Inspired by his example his men rushed the position, capturing twelve machine guns and twenty prisoners. His valorous action cleared the way for his battalion to advance. Later, when the enemy counter-attacked our positions under intense artillery bombardment, this gallant officer displayed outstanding courage and leadership, and, though mortally wounded by a shell, continued to aid and direct his men until his death."


Pte. Michael Tait

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.9th July 1917)

Michael Tait is buried in Dickebusch Cemetery


Sgt. Robert Thomas Tait

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th DLI


Pte. T. Tait

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Capt. A. Tait-Knight

Army 22nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. M L Taitt

British West Indies Regiment

(d.30th August 1919)

Private Taitt is buried in the Westbury Cemetery, St. Michael, Barbados


2nd Lt. Henry Waletr Talbot

British Army 9th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Henry Walter Talbot served with the 9th and 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers during the Great War. Previous to that he was with the Army Service Corps. He was a Sergeant with the 11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers serving in Macedonia and on strong recommendation of his commanding officer he returned to England and trained at Gidea Hall, Romford. He passed out on the 31st of July 1917 as a commissioned officer with honour and re-joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers as 2nd Lieutenant. When Armistice came he was serving as acting Captain on the Somme with the 9th Battalion.


Pte. James Talbot

British Army 9th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

from:3 Booth St, Haslingden, Lancashire

(d.20th Jun 1917)

James Talbot died of his wounds aged 29. Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extention, France. He formerly served as 29704 with The East Lancs Regt.


Pte James Talbot

British Army 9th Btn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

from:Haslingden, Lancashire

(d.20th June 1917)

James Talbot was my grandmother's brother. He died as a result of his wounds on the 20th June 1917 and is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extention, France. A tribute to him appears on the family grave in Haslingden Cemetery.

Before serving with the Loyals he had served as a Private in the East Lancs Regiment (S/N 24704). Other than these uncovered facts little is known of James. He was 29 at death and we have been unable to uncover whether he was married, although we suspect he wasn't. At the time of his death the 9th Battalion, 25th Division was engaged in the Battle of Messines, Flanders. We do not know when, how or the type of wounds that James succumbed to.


Pte. John Talbot

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.5thApril 1917)

John Talbot is buried in Savy Brit. Cemetery, he was aged 31.


Pte. Michael Talbot

British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.8th May 1915)


Pte. Richard Talbot

British Army 13th Btn. Middlesex Regiment

from:West Norwood

(d.25th Nov 1917)


CQMS. Thomas Alfred Talbot 1914 Star

British Army 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards


Thomas Alfred Talbot born 28th September 1895, entered service 8th April 1911 aged 15 years as an errand boy with the coldstream guards 3rd Battalion. As did his five Brothers William, James, Stephen, Frederick, and Albert. His Father William was in the 1st Battalion of 2nd Queens Royal Reg at Aldershot in 1881.

From 8/4/1911 he remained home till 30/8/1914 where he was then posted to France & Belgium in the B.E.F returning home in the October 1914. There then followed another posting with B.E.F in September 1916 till September 1919 France, he returned home till September 1922 and his first Daughter Florence was born 1920, and my Mother Violet in 1926. During 1914-1918 most of his Brothers died, possibly in France. Thomas was posed to Egypt in September 1922 returning October 1923, he then remained home.

His total service was 24 years 84 days, his military conduct was Exemplary, his testimonial, a throughly efficient and reliable CQMS, who works hard and is very thorough, showing marked efficiency and powers of organisation etc. My Grandfather was discharged on 30th June 1936 London. He passed away in the early 1970's. My Mother passed away in 2014, leaving me with precious documents, and an insight into this man that I knew very little about.


Pte. William Henry Talbot

British Army 10th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment

from:West Bromwich, Staffordshire


Pte. Frederick Gilbert Billings Tambling

British Army 5th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment


(d.17th March 1917)

My granddad Fred Tambling was born on 14th December, 1887 in Moorfields, Gloucester and was only 29 when he was killed in action in Arras on 17th March, 1917.

The information I have has been told to me by his surviving relatives. He lived in Bristol for most of his life and married his wife, Kate Bascombe on 12th July, 1908, when he was 23 and she was 24. He was very much loved and missed by his wife who was left on her own to bring up their three small children, the youngest of which was my father, who was three when my grandfather died. Apparently she was granted 18 shillings and 4 pence a week for her pension as a war widow. My grandfather had a variety of jobs before he was conscripted, including working as a railway porter, for a chocolate manufacturer and for a watchmaker. He used a bike for cycling to and from his workplaces. The family eventually emigrated to South Africa where his widow died having never remarried.


Sgt. Wilf Tame

British Army 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment


My grandfather, Wilf Tame, joined to fight in the Boer War. He also served in France and Gallipoli. His brother Charles Tame was killed in WW1 and he was in the same regiment.


Sgt. Wilfred Tame

British Army 3rd Btn Worcestershire Regiment


Wilfred Tame was my Grandad and died when I was young. I know he served in the Balkans and France and I think India.


L/Cpl. William Charles Tame

British Army 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment


(d.29th Jul 1917)

My Grandfather, William Charles Tame was born on the 2nd of July 1870, in the Parish of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. He was the son of a Catholic couple William Thomas Tame and Clara Tucker. His Parents were barge people who earned their living on the River Avon. His Father died as a result of falling from his barge into the mud.

When he was 18 years old William Charles enlisted into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots. He served in South Africa for two years and twenty-eight days between 1899 and 1901. He was entitled to wear the South Africa Medal. He was discharged at Glencoe in Scotland after serving thirteen years and thirty-two days. He is described on his discharge certificate as being 5'5''tall and having a fair complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes. On the 2nd of February 1894 he married Margaret Rafter at St George's Parish Church in the City of York.

In 1914 the First World War broke out, and on the 3rd of December that year William volunteered. He was enlisted into the Gloucestershire Regiment in a Battalion known as "Bristol's Own" made up of men from the Bristol area. He completed basic training and was posted to France in 1915. On the 23rd of July 1917 he returned to France having spent ten days at home on leave. On the 29th of July whilst on guard duty at the front, he was struck by lightening and fatally injured. He was buried with full military honours at Rocklincourt Cemetery near Arras in France. A family friend who survived the war gave the details of his death to his wife.

William and Margaret had five children who survived infancy. Four sons and a daughter. Their son William was also killed in the early days of the war, his body was never found. Charles their second son narrowly missed being killed when his ship was sunk with all hands while he was home on sick leave. Their son Reginald served in the Army in India. Their youngest son Leonard and daughter Gladys stayed at home with their mother and moved to York after the War. They settled in Hope Street in St George's Parish, not far from where Margaret was born.


Company Quarter Master Charles Tancred

British Army 2nd/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

from:Rhodes, Lancashire

(d.7th Nov 1918)

I have only just found out that my great uncle Charlie, served in WW1. He joined in 1908, left the army in 1913, and re-joined in 1916 into the Lancashire Fusiliers. I have got the dates of what his Battalion did from the time they landed in Le Harve on the 26th Febuary 1917. I have never seen so much movement of a Battalion, fighting, resting , moving, fighting, one that sticks out the most is Passchendaele. He was there in all that horrible battle called the "The third Battle of Ypres", fighting all those times and surviving as well. To be told he went into hospital at Rhouen in Oct 1918 with bad flu, to eventually die of pneumonia on the 7th Nov 1918, 4 days later we all know what happened there. I feel honoured and privileged to know that these people did and had to go through, may their memory never be forgotten


Lt. Arthur Elton Tandy

Australian Imperial Forces 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy.

from:West Maitland, NSW

(d.25th Apr 1917)


Cpl. William Robinson Tanfield

British Army 10th Btn Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)


(d.7th Jan1917)

William Tanfield died aged 23 and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France. John McCrae author of 'In Flanders Fields' is buried here too.


Pte. Edward Tanner

British Army 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

(d.27th Oct 1914)

Edward Tanner was executed for desertion 27/10/1914 aged 33. His name is on Le Touret Memorial, in the Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France.

Pte Tanner, of the Wiltshire Regiment, was executed on October 27 1914 after being found guilty of desertion. The 33-year-old soldier, who had fought at Mons and had recently recovered from dysentry, was charged after being found in civilian clothes. His plea of shattered nerves was ignored and he was sentenced to death.


Pte. Frank Tanner

British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.28th Feb 1915)

Frank Tanner died of wounds and is buried in Entratat Churchyard.


Spr. Frederick Andrew Tanner

Canadian Army 1st Canadian Tunnelling Coy.

(d.3rd Nov 1917)


Capt. Hubert John Tanner

British Army 1st Btn. Somerset Light Infantry


(d.9th April 1917)


Pte. Daniel Tanney

British Army 26th (Tyneside Irish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st Jul 1916)

Daniel Tanney was a single man in his early 40's who had been born in Pomeroy, Ireland and before joining up had been a coal miner. He was killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme. He left his undrawn Army income of 3 ten shillings and ninepence to be distributed amongst his nieces and nephews including Arthur Tanney who fighting with the Australian army and was killed in France on the 22 August 1918.


Pte. Henry Tansley

British Army 9th Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

from:Normanton, West Yorkshire

(d.16th Sep 1916)


Drv. Harold Lansdowne Taplin

Australian Army Service Corps 22nd Company 3rd Division Headquarters

from:256 Murray St. Hobart, Tasmania


L/Sgt. Ernest Tapper

British Army 2nd/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment


(d.26th June 1917)

Ernest Tapper was born in Walsall in 1892, he enlisted in Walsall and served in the South Staffordshire Regiment with the 2nd/5th battalion. His battalion landed at Le Havre in France on 25/02/1917 and during the period 14/03/17 - 05/04/17 were involved in the German Retreat to the Hindenburg line.

Ernest was killed in action on 26th June 1917 when he was blown up on a gun carriage. His residence at the time of his death was 31 Poole Street, Walsall. His regimental number was 200606 and his rank was Lance Sergeant. After the war he was posthumously awarded the Victory medal

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