Other names: Edward William James
Locations in this story: Hackney, LondonShaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireLancing, SussexGreenock, Refrewshire, Scotland
Story: Edward William James Tallon was born in Hackney, London on 20 Dec 1898 but not baptised until 13 May 1900 at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Edward Tallon and Florence Eliza Jessie Tallon (nee Cockell). He lived his early life with his family in Church Hill, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He married Maggie Gordon McKenzie in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 1917. He had enlisted and served with the 163rd Company, Army Service Corps, as a Driver (Service Nos. T4/059650 & ET/52549). He was discharged and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Following his discharge he re-enlisted and transferred to the Royal Navy as a Leading Steward (Service No. P/L9076) on 7 May 1919. The last known address for him was in 1943 at 49 Church Path, Lancing, Sussex, until a report of his death in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, on 25 Dec 1943 stated he had died at 75B Union Street, Greenock, of Coal Gas Poisoning (Self-administered) whilst serving on HMS Orlando. His father's brother, Alfred Charles Tallon, also served in the conflict as a Private with the Army Service Corps (Service No. 074178) and used the Shaftesbury address on the Absent Voters List in 1918 and appeared to live there after the war for two or three years.