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Taffs, Charles Reginald

Taffs, C.R., Lieut. Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire Regt.) son of Leslie Hugh Taffs, of Langley, co. Bucks, Schoolmaster, by his wife Mary, dau. of J. Banfield b. Lamerton co. Devon, 19 Feb 1899; educ. St. Olave’s Grammar School, London Strand School, King’s College where he was a member of the London University O.T.C. being Coy. Sergt. Major till gazetted; was a Civil Servant employed in the Estate Duty Office at Somerset House, and had just passed his final examination for the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) when war broke out; volunteered for active service, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut., The Royal Berkshire Regt., 15 Aug. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 2 Feb. 1915 and was killed in action at the battle of Festubert 15 May following. Buried in the British Cemetery near Richebourg l’Avoué. His C. O. wrote: ‘Your son fell gallantly leading his men in one of the finest attacks that have been made in this war. He was at all times of the greatest help and assistance to me in his conscientious and untiring devotion to duty. I had perfect confidence and reliance in him, and knew that whatever he had to do would be done thoroughly well. De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 


First name(s)Charles Reginald
Date of birth19/02/1889
Place of birthLamerton, Tavistock, Devon
Family details

Son of Leslie Hugh, schoolmaster, and Mary Ann Taffs, of “St. Aubins”, Langley Rd., Slough, Bucks.

Previous educationSt. Olave's Grammar School; Strand School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Law
Military unitPrinces of Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire Regt), 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance & Flanders Feb - May 1915
Date of death15/05/1915
Age at death26
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathBattle of Festubert
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeRue-Des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'avoué
Commemoration(s)Added to King's College War Memorial in 2012; St. Olave's Roll of Honour

King’s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Univeristy of London O.T.C. 1914-19; De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

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