The Meech Family

Thomas Charles ‘Charlie’ Meech (1884-1971)

Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor, the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech.

Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House.

Feb 26: Private William Meech is killed in action aged 28


The Taylor Family lived at Tyneham

William Taylor

William was the woodman of Tyneham and was appointed Parish Clerk and Sexton by the Bond family. His wife was Emily, the laundress. She also doubled as local ‘midwife’ and was also caretaker for the church and school. She died in 1917 aged 52.

Emily had been married previously to Thomas How Meech and had two sons, Charlie and William.

William and Emily had four children:

  • Arthur Henry Taylor (1890-1987) – Arthur was born at Stinsford on 4 February 1890. He served with the 
  • Harriet Elizabeth Taylor (1892-1987) –  Harriet was born at Shroton on 16 March 1982 and was known as ‘Bessie’.
  • Reginald Bertie Taylor (1894-1915) – ‘Bertie’ served with the Dorset Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) and sadly died at Gallipoli on 21 August 1915 aged just 21. He is remembered on the Tyneham Memorial and the Helles Memorial.
  • Helen Beatrice Taylor (1901-1999) –  Helen, known as ‘Beattie’ was the Seamstress at Tyneham House.

After being displaced, the Taylor Family went to live at Corfe Castle.