WW1 Letters: Who’s who

David Henry Taylor = brother to Ethel (Ginger), son to Fanny

Ginger = Ethel Linn (nee Taylor), David’s sister, married to John, living in New Jersey, mother to Erl and Jack, old school friend of May’s

Fanny Taylor = mother to David and Ethel (Ginger), nee Christmas

Peter = David’s dog

May (Mabel) Muggridge = David’s “Dearest”, sister to Bert and Ern and Ethel

Bert Muggridge = Hubert, May’s younger brother

Ethel Muggridge= May’s sister

Ern Muggridge = Ernest, May’s older brother

W Rushbrooke = David’s old headmaster at St Olave’s

Edward Campbell ‘B’ Coy 2nd KRRC = David’s senior officer

WW1 Letters: Where and What

56 Ramsden Rd, Balham = home to David and Fanny Taylor

18 Manor Rd, Beckenham = home to May and Muggridge family

246 Aycrigg Ave, Passaic, New Jersey = home to Ethel (Ginger) and Linn family

5 Moorgate St, 5th Floor, London EC1 = May’s office, Northern Assurance

2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC): David was a 2nd Lieut in this battalion

7th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment): Bert was a signalman in this battalion


David and May married in April 1919. They had one child, a daughter, born May 1920. They built their house in Beckenham and lived there for the rest of their lives. The house has remained the home of their descendants.

When David died aged 92 ½ the house and contents passed, by deed of family arrangement, to David’s and May’s granddaughter. The house is now owned by the granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

All the original documents that appear in this book were found in the Beckenham house by their granddaughter, including those that had been posted to New Jersey, USA.

The houses at 18 Manor Road, Beckenham and 56 Ramsden Road, Balham still exist.

Notes on the Author

Aura Catherine Hargreaves

Aura Catherine (Kate) Hargreaves, Compiler and Editor of ‘My Dearest’, is David’s and May’s grand-daughter and lives in the house that they built in Beckenham.  She has over 30 years’ experience publishing, editing and writing for B2B magazines. She is an experienced public speaker and is available to create and speak with power point presentations, to include readings from the letters, and talking about the archive source material. Temporary displays the original letters, photographs and documents will also be considered.