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The Meech Family


Thomas Charles ‘Charlie’ Meech (1884-1971)

Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech (1860-1888). He was four when his father died.

Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House.

William George Meech (1887-1916)

William was also the son of Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech (1860-1888) He was just one year old when his father died.

William became a gamekeeper and was boarding with the Cane family at Milborne Port in 1911. He enlisted with the 1st Dorset Yeomanry at Sherborne. Sadly Private William Meech was killed in action in Egypt on 26 February 1916 aged 28. He is remembered on the War Memorial in Tyneham Church.


Meech

Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Meech Family Thomas Charles ‘Charlie’ Meech (1884-1971) Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech (1860-1888). He was four when his father died. Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House. William George Meech (1887-1916) William… Continue reading

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1914: Air Rifle Shooting

On Wednesday evening last week the members of the Povington Club visited Tyneham to shoot the return match to that won by the former Club by seven points on February 7th. Tyneham now won by 19 points, making 184 points, and Povington 165. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis (captain), 23;… Continue reading

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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 Meech and William Meech.

William and Emily had four children:

  • Arthur Henry Taylor (1890-1987) – Arthur was born at Stinsford on 4 February 1890. 
  • 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 in 1943, the Taylor Family went to live at Corfe Castle.


My grandmother, Louisa M Watson was a cousin of Helen Taylor. Prior to the start of the first world war she joined the Taylor family at Laundry Cottages, she worked there for a while before going on to work as a maid at Tyneham House.

During the war she joined the Women’s Army, working as a waitress. She kept in touch with her cousins, Helen and her sister, after they moved to Corfe Castle and I can remember as a child her describing her visits to them.

Brenda Wells

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Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Meech Family Thomas Charles ‘Charlie’ Meech (1884-1971) Charlie was the son of Emily Taylor nee Hyde (1865-1917), the Laundress, from her first marriage to Thomas How Meech (1860-1888). He was four when his father died. Charlie was the ‘Odd Man’ at Tyneham House. William George Meech (1887-1916) William… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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1914: Air Rifle Shooting

On Wednesday evening last week the members of the Povington Club visited Tyneham to shoot the return match to that won by the former Club by seven points on February 7th. Tyneham now won by 19 points, making 184 points, and Povington 165. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis (captain), 23;… Continue reading

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1906: Tyneham School

SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD. – This school has won the challenge shield for the East Dorset Division this year. DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES. – A collection box has been made by the school children in aid of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes with the following results: – Irene Knight, 13s 7d; Lizzie Restreux, 11s… Continue reading

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1914: Air Rifle Shooting

On Wednesday evening last week the members of the Povington Club visited Tyneham to shoot the return match to that won by the former Club by seven points on February 7th. Tyneham now won by 19 points, making 184 points, and Povington 165. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis (captain), 23; T. Gould, 22; F. Knight and B. Taylor, 21 each; C, Meech and F. Lucas, 20 each; W. Meech, W. Stickland, and W. Warr, 19 each – total, 184 points. Povington – C. Charles and W. Runyard, 21 each; C. Beauchamp, 20; W. Taylor, 19; W, Cooper, M. Charles, and A. Taylor, 18 each; B. Charles, 16; and A. Norman, 14; – total, 165 points. –

Tyneham v. Frampton (Dorchester). – This match was shot on the same evening, each Club firing at patent targets on their own range. Tyneham won by nine points. Scores:- Tyneham – J. Curtis,23; F, Knight and F. Lucas, 22 each; W. Warr, 21; T. Gould, W. Meech, and B. Taylor,20 each; T. Miller and F. Warr, 17 each – total, 237 points, Frampton – A. Biles, G.H. Whatmore, F. Hansford, and Carter, 21 each; W. Hill, Rev. C. S. Homan, and J. Legg, 19 each; C. Watkins, 17; and E. Dart, 16 – total, 228 points.

Published in Western Gazette, Friday 6 March 1914

1906: Tyneham School

SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD. – This school has won the challenge shield for the East Dorset Division this year.

DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES. – A collection box has been made by the school children in aid of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes with the following results: – Irene Knight, 13s 7d; Lizzie Restreux, 11s 6d; Lizzie Cleall, 6s 10d; Reggie Bascombe, 3s 6d; Ethel Minterne, 1s 4d; Harry Dart, 1s 7d; Harry Kellaway, 1s 3d; Lucy Dart, 1s 5d; Jessie Minterne, 3s.  This, with 8s from the school box, to which Queenie Pittman and Bertie Taylor subscribed regularly, made a total of £2 12s.

Published in Western Gazette, Friday 21 December 1906