TAYLOR, Charles William
(Service number 76569)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 5 August 1898 Place of Birth Winchester

Enlistment Information

Date 31 January 1918 Age 19 years 5 months
Address at Enlistment 306 King Street, Temuka
Occupation Grocer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment Territorials - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin A. E. TAYLOR (father), 306 King Street, Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 40th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 10 July 1918
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Motor driver; hospital attendant


Date 18 August 1957 Age 59 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles William Taylor was born on 5 August 1898 at Winchester South Canterbury, the oldest son of Arthur Edward and Charlotte Jane (née Dawe) Taylor. Charles was not twenty years old when he enlisted on 31 January 1918 at Timaru. A grocer living at home in Temuka, he named his father as next-of-kin. He was serving with the 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Territorials. Private C. W. Taylor embarked with the 40th Reinforcements, per the “Tahiti”, departing on 10 July 1918 for Plymouth, England.

Just a week after Charles left, his father died. Mr Taylor who had come to New Zealand as an infant, had been ill for some time. He was survived by his elderly mother, his widow and five children, one daughter having died at the age of eight.

Charles William Taylor, a motor driver, married Gladys Veronice Hobbs on 7 Aprril 1927 at St Peter’s, Temuka, his brother Edward and his sister Myrtle being witnesses. Charles was a hospital attendant at Riccarton, Christchurch in August 1942, when he was a witness to the marriage of his sister Myrtle at Temuka. Charles William Taylor died on 18 August 1957 at Christchurch and was cremated.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 September 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [05 September 2021]; Temuka Leader, 20 July 1918 (Papers Past) [05 September 2021]; Temuka Anglican Marriage record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG records) [05 September 2021]

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