TAGG, James William Persse

252838, Private, Essex Regiment

Born

August 1899.
Son of James Tagg, stockbroker (decd) and Louise, of Ravenshoe, Grange Road, Sutton.

Education

Blundell's School, “Old House”, January 1911 – Summer 1915; entering the school at the age of 11 years.

Service

He joined the Queen Victoria Rifles in September 1915, aged 16, but was later recalled from France on account of his age. Returning to France he was attached to the 10th Essex.

Trench Diaries

The 1st Bn. Somerset L I were part of 11th Brigade, 4th Division. At 10pm on the 30th June the brigade marched from Mailly-Maillet to assembly positions on the right of Serrre Road, Redan Ridge. The war diary notes that they advanced to attack on the 1st July in magnificent style but having entered the enemy’s first line devastating fire came from the Quadrilateral and desperate fighting with bomb and bayonet followed; by 10pm losses amounted to 464 men.

Death

26th April 1918, aged 19. (Killed in Action)

Memorial

He is commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Records Office, National Archives, Kew: Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5452
“The Blundellian”
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 25/467
“British Battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) Pen and Sword

 

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