Lieutenant C.C. Okey Taylor
3rd Battalion East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) & Trench Motar Battery
Cedric Charles Okey Taylor was the grandson of a local Reading dignitary. His death is reported in The Chronicle of 15th December 1916.
“Attached to the Trench Motor Battery Z/14, 14th Division, BEF, France, fell in action on Sunday, December 3rd 1916. He was not quite 22 years of age and the only son of Mrs. Taylor, of 31, Weltje Road, Ravenscroft Park, London, and the late Charles Warmsley Taylor, of Reading.”
His Captain communicated the news to his mother.
“He was at a gun position with his men when the dug-out was blown in. His death must have been instantaneous, and two of his men were killed with him. We have recovered his body, and he will be buried tomorrow, and as many of his brother officers that are available will attend. I need hardly say how deeply sorry all his friends are, and to me it I is a personal loss, since he has been associated with me longer than any other officer, and we have been together since he joined the Expeditionary Force. One cannot speak too highly of his ability, his devotion to duty, and the keen interest he took in all his men and their welfare. It is a sad loss which we all feel, and offer you our deepest sympathy.”
He is commemorated upon the grave of his grandfather in the Reading Cemetery and is buried in the Faubourg D’Amien Cemetery, Arras. Location I. J.58.
Upon his death he left his estate to his married sister Olive Margaret Okey Allner.