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  • Family grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2016).
Person Details
13 Oct 1883
The CWGC record gives his name as HH Owen-Taylor. He was the son of Herbert Owen Taylor (baptised St Peter, Nottingham, 25 September 1850) and his first wife, Mary Ann (born Ramsdale, Arnold, Nottingham on 12 April 1852, died 27 December 1899). His father was described on the census returns as either a general practitioner or as a physician and surgeon. He had four siblings, Annie Zoe, Dulce Josephine, Leonard and Meryl Hope. His father remarried and had at least three children by his second wife; Audrey Emily Leslie (sic) Owen Taylor, Doreen Owen Taylor and Leslie Herbert Owen Taylor. In 1881 Herbert and Mary were living at 17 Castle Gate, Nottingham, with their daughter, Annie Zoe (5, b. 1876). Also in the household were Andrew Honman (22) who was Herbert's assistant and a licentiate of the Apothecary Society London, Matilda Soar (27) a cook, Martha Sandford (23) a housemaid, Ellen Kirkland (23) a nurse, and John Leek (16), also a servant. They also had a visitor the night of the census, Elizabeth Cox (67), a dressmaker. Their daughter, Annie Zoe, has not been traced after this census record. By 1891 they had moved to Pelham Crescent, Nottingham, and there were four children in the home on the night of the census; Dulce Josephine (9), Herbert Harry Owen (7), Leonard W Owen (4), Meryl Hope (2). Herbert now employed a governess, Hedwig Thalheimer (20), four female servants; Florence Kate Lonsway (24), Ellen Kirkland (32), Alice Maud Gill (19) and Marion Skeggs (34); and a footman, Isaac Mills (19). Herbert's mother died in 1899 and in 1901 his widowed father was living at 10 Oxford Street, Nottingham, with his children Dulcie (19) and Leonard (14). Only two servants were recorded in the household on the night of the census; Hannah Storey (49, widow), described as a nurse, and Lizzie Allen (40, widow), a cook. Herbert, meanwhile, was a pupil at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire (1899-1901). Herbert Owen Taylor married Miriam Emily Cherry in Kensington. London, in 1901 (Apr/May/Jun). Miriam was born in London in 1872 (baptised 4 November), the daughter of James Frederick and Emily Louisa Cherry. Miriam had a brother, Charles Cameron Leslie Cherry. Their father was a civil servant (clerk and librarian) at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and the family lived in the college. Although Miriam lived in London she was in Nottingham in 1901 as on the night of the census she was a visitor in the home of John and Eloise Lambert, who lived at 7 Third Avenue, Hyson Green. She probably had a private income as she is not listed as having an occupation on either the 1891 or 1901 census. In 1911 Herbert and Miriam were living in the family home in Oxford Street, Nottingham, with their three children; Audrey (7, b. 1904), Doreen (3, b. 1907) and Leslie Herbert (2, b. 1909). None of Herbert's children by his first marriage were in the house on the night of the census. There were, however, seven servants; two nurses, Amy Voice Higgens (37) and Mary Finemore (23), a parlourmaid, Gertrude Frances Ping (23), a housemaid Eva Wells (30), a domestic servant Winifred Annie Harvey (18), a cook Frances Helen Claster (18) and a footman Alfred Whitwell (22). On the same census (1911), Herbert Henry (23) was listed as a visitor at 25 Shakespeare Villas, the home of Samuel Kirk, a photographer, and his wife Ada Elizabeth. Herbert probably went to Canada in 1912, and lived in Miniota, Manitoba (see military history). Herbert's father died on 13 November 1921. His sister, Dulce Josephine married Charles Richard Morris in 1905 and died on 23 October 1922. His sister, Meryl Hope Owen-Taylor, died on 13 December 1972. His half-brother, Leslie Herbert Owen Taylor died aged 81 in 1991 (registered Jan).
He was educated at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire, 1899-1901, although he is not commemorated on the college memorial. In 1911 he was a hotel clerk.
06 Jun 1917
275029 - CWGC Website
Canadian Infantry
27th Bn, Manitoba Regiment. He enlisted in Miniota, Manitoba, on 18 February 1916 having served for four years in 12th Manitoba Dragoons. He died in Northumberland War Hospital, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, as a result of wounds received in action at Fresnay en Gohelle. He is buried in the family grave in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery (Rock Superior Site 4848).
Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery: ‘Sacred to the memory of Mary Ann, wife of Herbert Owen Taylor, born 12th April 1852 entered into rest 27th Dec. 1899. My grace is sufficient for thee. Also of Herbert Owen Taylor MD who died Novr. 13th 1921 aged 71 years. Also of Herbert Harry Owen Taylor, Private 27th Canadians, their eldest son, who died 6th June 1917, of wounds received at Fresnay. Also of their daughter, Dulce Josephine Morris, who died Octr. 23rd 1922. Also of their daughter Meryl Hope Owen Taylor who died Dec 14th 1972.' Nottingham Daily Express, 9th June 1917; 'MILITARY FUNERAL IN NOTTINGHAM. Impressive military honours were accorded at the funeral of Nottingham Church Cemetery, yesterday, [8th June 1917] of Private H. H. Owen Taylor, eldest son of Mr. H. Owen Taylor, of the Canadian Forces, who died in hospital at Newcastle on Wednesday [6th June 1917] after being wounded on May 5th. The coffin, drawn on a gun-carriage, was draped with the flag whose honour he had fallen, and Chopin's March Funeral was impressively rendered as the cortege slowly wended its way to the hero's last resting-place. Volleys were fire over the open grave, and “The Last Post” was also sounded.' Courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Probate: TAYLOR Herbert Owen on 10 Oxford-street Nottingham surgeon died 13 November 1921 at Duncathra Seacroft Skegness Lincolnshire. Probate Nottingham 14 December to John Gray surgeon. Effects £8219 11s. 10d.
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  • Family grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2016).
    Herbert Henry Owen-Taylor - Family grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2016).
  • Family grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2016).
    Herbert Henry Owen-Taylor - Family grave, Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (February 2016).