Private William Frank Tapley
|Regiment:||Devonshire Regiment, 1st Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||1884Born Week, Dawlish||Date of Death:||04/10/1917|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||TAPLEY W.F. PTE DEVON REGT.|
William Frank Tapley may have been conscripted during 1916 to join the Devonshire Regiment. He died during the third battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele. The record shows only “presumed dead” and this implies that his body was not recovered.
Association with Dawlish
In 1878 William John Tapley married Harriet Joanna Davey (1853-1927) who was born in Islington, Middlesex (GRO ref 1878 Apr-Jun, Newton Abbot, vol 5b, page 205).
In 1881, William was a gardener and they had their first child Jane P , aged one, and his mother-in-law, Harriet P Davey, living with them at Wick, Kenton, as well as the parents James and Sarah Tapley and their eldest daughter Sarah Jane. They went on to have four children:
Jane Pinkham Tapley (1880- )
Emily Eliza Tapley (1881-1932)
William Frank Tapley (1884-1917) (GRO Ref 1884 Apr-Jun, St Thomas, Vol 5b, p 82)
Arthur John Tapley (1889-1969) 12/9/1889 (GRO ref 1889 Dec, Newton Abbot, vol 5b, page 106) - (GRO ref 1969 Dec, Newton Abbot, vol 7a, p 1428)
In 1901 they had moved to Rise Lodge, Dawlish, and William aged 16 was a gardener like his father.
In 1911 they had moved into Dawlish itself and were living at No 1 Court, High Street and William was the only child still living at home and working as a gardener.
|Devon Roll of Honour||Tapley, W.G., Pte, Devon Regt (Missing), - , France|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Father, William John Tapley|
|Last Known Address:||1 Court, High Street, Dawlish|
Devonshire Regiment badge
Polderhoek Chateau after 1914 bombardment.
The Menin Road by Paul Nash (1889-1946) repro from The Observer "First World War - The Art of War"
|William Frank Tapley, life and death|
|Tribute given at the Centenary Remembrance Service by Tom Elliott|
Refs via subscription websites:
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War.
Ancestry family histories;
Lieutenant Richard Tapley tree