Private Charles Taylor, Cheshire Regiment. Liverpool Street, Salford.
The 1st Battalion of the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment left Ireland for Le Harve on the 14th August 1914. By the 24th August they had joined the Battle of Mons, they stood outside the Belgian village of Audregnies, near Mons, with orders to take up a defensive position together with the 1st Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment. The role of these two Regiments, together with L Battery RA, the 9th Lancers and the 4th Dragoon Guards was to provide cover for the withdrawal of the British 5th Division. Their action delayed the advance by four hours and in the end it took 4 German Regiments, each of 3 Battalions to surround the Battalion, which was by now, standing alone.
The Cheshire Regiment started the day with 25 officers and 933 men. By the end of the 24th there were 7 officers and 199 men present at the roll call - a loss of 78% of the Battalion.