Capt Felix John Watson Taylor, R Wilts

1888 Dec 6. Born Jamaica. Son of Arthur W Watson Taylor of Haughton Grove, Jamaica. His prison record says he only had 4 toes on each foot

Felix’s family were wealthy, they had made a fortune in the West Indies prior to the war years, and were and still are very much part of the money set of society. He was born, one of five brothers,  on 6th December 1889 in Folkestone. He moved to the Blewbury, Berks, area at some point and then remained here after the war and he had a daughter born here in 1915 and a son with his wife Lillian Elizabeth Tennant called Simon, born 1923 in Wallingford who died only in 2005. Simon did not get on with his father according to various written sources. A search of the Internet will tell you perhaps more than you need to know about Simon, a colourful character. One of his brothers, Arthur Simon, was killed in 1917 serving in the London Regiment. His parents are shown as living in Jamaica at that time although I suspect it may have been one of a few homes they owned.

1906 Feb 16. Fined 10/- at Cirencester Petty Sessions for riding a bicycle on the footpath. He was a student at R Agricultural College, Cirencester.

1910 US Census. A Lodger at Pullman Ward 3, Whitman, Washington. Occupation "none"

1911 Oct 12. left UK for Nigeria. Travels 2nd Class on Government Service

1913 Mar 26. Leaves UK for Lagos. On Government Service

1913 Oct 9 Married in London to Lillian Tennant (Mrs Asquith's cousin) (she died in 1946)

1914 Sep 4. Attested to Wilts Yeomanry

1914 Nov 6 Commissioned 2nd Lt

1915 Dec 3. Promoted Lt

1916 Aug 18. Invalided back to UK with Lumbago and Sciatica

1917 Sep 20 Promoted Capt.

1919 Jul 27 Disembodied. His address was Dibleys, Blewbury, Berks

1921 Jan 19. Joined ADRIC with service no 1552 and posted to N Coy

1921 Feb 15. Dismissed "unsuitable". One of the Trim looters. This brought him to the attention of the Army

1921 Feb 16 Taken back into O Coy with service no 1736

 

1921 Mar 5 Posted to P Coy

1921 Apr 20. Wilts Yeo. The undermentioned Capts. revert to Lts. at their own request, with precedence as from 1st June 1916 next below Lt. M. G. Herbert.

1921 in Mountjoy Prison

Offense: Wilfully & Feloniously Robbing
Victim's Name: Frances Chandler

1921 Jun 7. Sentenced by GCM to 1 year in prison and removed from the army and struck off ADRIC

1926 Sep 11. Fined £10 for dangerous driving

1928 Felix had taken to flying with the Hampshire Flying Club and had just completed one solo landing in May of that year.

1939 Register . He is living at 30 Grafton Road , Worthing M.B., Sussex, He is an "artist pictures". It appears to be a hotel

1972 Jan/Mar. Died Folkestone, Kent,

 

ADRIC

WO 374/72439 WATSON-TAYLOR, Capt F J 1914-1921