|In Memory of
2nd/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment
Who died on Tuesday 11th December 1917
Buried Row B. Grave 85
Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension. Seine-Maritime, France
Commemorated in Perpetuity
by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Remembered with Honour
Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France1
Oliver Tailby was born in 1883 in Gurnley, Leicestershire, and was the son of Walter & Mary Tailby of East Farndon, Leicestershire2. In 1905, he married Dorothy
Richardson (née Welbourn) of Grantham, a widow. By 1911, he was the manager of Eastmans the butchers at 69 High Road, Beeston where he and his wife and her children
(from her first marriage to Joseph Richardson), lived over the shop3. By the time that war was declared, he had opened a butchers shop of his own at
21 High Road, almost next to the newly opened Palace Cinema. He was a popular figure on the High Road and was an active member of the Constitutional Club which was
on the other side of the Palace Cinema. This photograph of Walter Gingle with Oliver Tailby in civilian clothes, was taken in August 1914.
As an older, married, self-employed man he was not under immediate pressure to enlist but this changed as conscription rules tightened. Although, at first, he was granted
exemption, this was withdrawn at the end of 1916. Consequentially, Oliver enlisted at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and in January 1917 he joined the 2nd/6th Battalion North Staffordshire
Regiment. The 2nd/6th had been formed at Burton in Derbyshire as a second line Territorial Battalion. In January 1915, it had became part of the 176th Brigade 59th Division in
the Luton area and, in April 1916, the Brigade had sailed to Ireland where it had taken part in the "Easter Rising", later transferring to the Curragh.
The Battalion returned to England in January 1917, when Oliver joined for training, in the Fovant area of Salisbury Plain. They landed at France on 25th February for action in the
frontline trenches. At some point Private Tailby was promoted to Corporal but was severely wounded less than a year after his arrival. He was transferred from a Casualty Clearing Station
to the No 8 General Hospital near Rouen where he succumbed to his wounds. He is buried in Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension.
The Constitutional Club, now the Conservative Club, moved to Acacia Walk when the High Road site (now Boots, etc) was redeveloped in the early 1960s and
has recently moved to premises on Station Road, Beeston. Oliver Tailby’s name is recorded on the War Memorial there.
Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension - Boisguillaume is a district about 5 kilometres north-east of Rouen on the main road to Neufchatel.
Locally, the Communal Cemetery is known as the Cimitere de la Mare des Champs. The extension adjoining Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery was begun in March 1917,
most of the burials being made from No 8 General Hospital quartered at Boisguillaume in a large country house and grounds. A number of the graves in Rows A to G are
doubles. There are now 360 First World War burials in the extension and one from the Second World War. The communal cemetery contains a further 320 First World War graves4.
1The photograph of the Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. (http://www.cwgc.org)
2This is the address shown in the CWGC records; for much of their lives, the family lived in Foxton, Leicestershire (see 1891 Census Piece 2491 Folio 90).
31911 Census : Piece 1223 RD429 SD3 ED1 Sched 164. The Eastmans shop was on the north side of the Hight Road, just to the east of Stoney Street. The children
were Joseph Richardson (b. c1897) and Dorothy Richardson (b. c1898); Another child, Elizabeth Richardson, possibly a twin of Dorothy, was with her mother on the 1901
census (Piece 3055 Folio 83) but has not been located in 1911. Oliver's wife Dorothy is given as "Dora" Tailby, then of 21 High Rd, Beeston, in the CWGC record.
4The desciption of the Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery is based on that on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. (http://www.cwgc.org)
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