Tayler, Jervoise Graham


The third son of Major Henry Graham Tayler of Lindfield, Sussex, who during WW1 was Commandant of Prisoners of War at Portsmouth. He came into College first on the Roll from Middleton School, Bognor. He was a School Prefect in his last year, played in College XV and took a keen interest in the work of the OTC. In 1911 he was elected to a Scholarship at New College, Oxford and in 1913 was placed in the First Class in Classical Moderations. He afterwards made a special study of cultural anthropology and obtained distinction in that subject. An article of his on “The Shield of Achilles” was published in “The Classical Review” shortly before the war. He also possessed an unusually wide knowledge of military matters and of Oriental history and antiquities. Several members of his family had served in India and it was his wish to follow them and to enter the Indian Civil Service.

At the outbreak of war he was going through his training as a trooper with the Oxford Squadron of King Edward’s Horse. In December 1914 he obtained a commission in 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment and went to France in March 1915 with his Battalion which then formed part of the Indian Army’s Meerut Division. They moved into line north of the Rue du Bois on 10th May and were persistently shelled over the next few days. He fell during a night attack on 15th May 1915 in an area known as Chocolat Menier Corner, during the opening days of the Battle of Festubert. He lies in Le Touret Military Cemetery, and is also commemorated on the Lindfield War Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Tayler
  • Forenames or initials: Jervoise Graham
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th July 1892
  • Date of Death: 15th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE: Grave I.G.20