Mr Bernard Cuthbert Taylor

Mr Bernard Cuthbert Taylor (3rd class steward), was born in Arundel, Sussex, England on 31 December 1889.

He was the son of Henry Walmsley Taylor (b. 1844) and Mary Budd (b. 1856). His father, a domestic gardener, was a native of Sedgley, Worcestershire and his mother from Boxgrove, Sussex. They had married in Sussex on 6 July 1874 and went on to have eleven children, nine of whom survived infancy.

Bernard's known siblings were: Jane Eliza (b. 1876), Archibald (b. 1877), Elizabeth (b. 1879), Philip Thomas John (b. 1881), Marie Louise (b. 1884), Bruno Henry Edward (1886-1918), Henry Vincent Walmsley (1888-1949), Dorothy Josephine (b. 1892) and Timothy Harold Walmsley (1896-1966).

The family appear to have moved around different addresses in Sussex frequently, ranging from homes in Worthing, Waringcamp, and Arundel but would make the latter their home. When Bernard first appears on the 1891 census he and his family are living at 16 Bond Street in Arundel and he would live at the same address for the rest of his life, appearing here again on the 1901 census and by proxy on the 1911 census when he was absent and apparently at sea.

Bernard had joined the Royal Navy on 18 October 1905 as a grocers' assistant aboard the St Vincent. He later served aboard the Excellent and Victory I before winding down his naval career on 9 November 1905, again aboard the St Vincent. Of exemplary conduct, he stood at 5' 3¼" and had brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. He sported two tattoos: a face on his right forearm and an anchor on the corresponding limb. He presumably went straight into the merchant service following his discharge.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Bernard gave his address as 5 Oxford Street, (Southampton), a boarding address. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a third class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.

Taylor died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His death is commemorated with a brass plaque in Arundel Cathedral, Sussex. 

His brother Bruno, also a seafarer, served in the Royal Navy during World War I and he was killed in action on 2 May 1918 when the ship he was serving aboard, Bombala, was torpedoed off the west coast of Africa.

His father later died in 1929 and his mother in 1933.


1. Mary Budd was born in Boxgrove, Sussex in 1856 and died in 1933). Henry Walmsley Taylor was born in Sedgley, Staffordshire in 1845 and died in 1929. They married on 6 July 1874 and had ten children. 2. His mother was a member of the Budd family. The Budds are shown in a Stubbs painting in Goodwood House, holding the horses for the Duke of Richmond.

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Brass plaque in Arundel Cathedral, Sussex.

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