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 Frederick Howard “Fred” Tayler

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Frederick Howard “Fred” Tayler

  • Birth 7 Jun 1869 New Zealand
  • Death 29 May 1903 Eltham, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • Burial Eltham, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • Memorial ID 126238403

Fred was 33 years old

He was one of 14 children of George TAYLER (1836-1915) & Sarah GABY (1840-1898) from Gloucestershire who arrived in Timaru Xmas Eve 1862 on the 'Echunga'

Fred served in the Boer War as Private 1344 with the 4th New Zealand Contingent

He married Mary Ellen 'Nellie' MATTHESON in 1900
they had a daughter:
1900 - Bess Tayler

Hawera & Normanby Star, 22 May 1903
I regret to state that Mr Fred. H. Tayler had a paralytic stroke yesterday, and is in a rather critical condition. It is to be hoped that a favourable turn will take, as Mr Tayler is a universal favourite. He never recovered from the serious illness occasioned while a member of one of the New Zealand Contingents in South Africa, the sojourn on the veldt having been rather severe on what was previously a strong constitution

Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 May 1903
TAYLER - On 29th May, 1903, at Eltham, Frederick Howard Tayler (member of the 4th Contingent), beloved husband of Ellen Tayler; aged 33

Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 May 1903
It is with very great regret that I chronicle the death of Mr Fred H. Tayler, brother of Mr George Washington Tayler (1858-1929), the Mayor, which took place shortly after midnight. The deceased, as mentioned some days ago, was in a weak state of health, having, while a member of the Fourth New Zealand Contingent, contracted heart troubles. However, he appeared to have pretty well got over this, when some eight days ago he received a paralytic stroke. and this, with the old trouble, culminated in death, as stated. Deceased, who leaves a wife and young child to mourn his loss will be keenly felt by a large circle of friends. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and child, and also for Mr G. W. Tayler. Deceased was only about 33 years of age

Hawera & Normanby Star, 1 June 1903
The largest funeral ever held here took place yesterday afternoon, when the mortal remains of Trooper F. H. Tayler, of the Fourth New Zealand Contingent, were conveyed to the Eltham cemetery with military honours. The cortege was about a mile long and included the Eltham division of the Stratford Mounted Rifles, the Eltham Rifles and returned troopers, headed by the Eltham Band. Four members of the Tenth New Zealand Contingent acted as pall bearers.

The funeral of the late Mr Fred H. Tayler, took place yesterday, and was very largely attended, the cortege being over half a mile in length. The deceased was accorded a military funeral owing to having been a member of the Fourth New Zealand Contingent sent to South Africa. The procession included a large number of pedestrians, but the majority were in traps or on horseback. The pall-bearers were all returned troopers - viz., Troopers Bevege, G. Simpson, T. Cook and Carbis. The Stratford Mounted Rifles, under Corporal Blackhall, numbered 12; while the Eltham Rifles, in command of Captain Boddie, mustered 35. The Eltham Rifles supplied the firing party, under the command of Sergeant Whiting. The Eltham Brass band, under Bandmaster Leece, played the Dead march from 'Saul.'
At the grave, Buglers Bond and Wilson sounded 'The last Post' The service at the grave was impressively conducted by the Rev E. W. C. McConnel. The wreaths sent were many and handsome

Mary Ellen remarried in 1907 to John Thomas SHORT

Family Members


In loving memory of Fred
dearly beloved husband of Nellie TAYLER
a member of the 4th New Zealand Contingent
who died at Eltham 29th May 1903 aged 33 years.

Gone but not forgotten
never shall his memory fade
sweetest thoughts shall ever linger
around the grave where he is laid





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 126238403
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Howard “Fred” Tayler (7 Jun 1869–29 May 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 126238403, citing Eltham Cemetery, Eltham, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand ; Maintained by pkg (contributor 46968786) .