The Taylor family lived in St David’s Road in Ramsgate. Three brothers Frank, Percy and Charles all saw active service during WW1. Frank was born in 1895 and died in 1980. At the age of nineteen he had been working as an apprentice butcher in the London Central Meat Company in Broadstairs High Street when he joined the Royal Artillery in 1914.
Frank saw active service during the Gallipoli campaign (also known as the Dardanelles campaign) against the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and in Mesopotamia. He recalled incidents of the Ghurka soldiers sneaking up during the night to cut the ligaments of the Turks’ horses to hamper their progress.
All three brothers thankfully returned home after the war. Frank raised three children and became manager of the butcher’s shop where he had worked before the war. He was later able to open his own shop in St. Peter’s in 1934.
His wife Irene worked as a dressmaker in Margate, and aged fifteen, remembered Zeppelins coming in over the town.
Their son Ken Taylor still lives in St Peter’s today.