Tapping, Cyril Edward (Cyril)
No. 19955, 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to
No. 574257, 106th Company, Chinese Labour Corps
Died in service on Saturday 20 July 1918 (aged 22)
Charmes Military Cemetery, France (Grave I. F. 10)
Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church
Cyril Edward Tapping was born on 4 September 1895 in Templepatrick, Co Antrim and he was a son of Edward Thomas and Lottie Lamb Tapping (nee Ingham), both of whom were born in England.
Edward Thomas Tapping worked as a land steward and gardener and his wife Lottie died in childbirth on 4 September 1895 (aged 31).
Edward Thomas Tapping married Zada Mary Ingham in 1897 in Camberwell, London and they had at least two children:
Cora Kathleen (born around 1898 in England)
Lawrence Linnell (born 25 May 1905 in Templepatrick, Co Antrim)
Cyril Edward Tapping enlisted in Ballyclare and he served with the 12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.
Private Cyril Edward Tapping went to France on 4 October 1915 and later he was transferred to the 106th Company Chinese Labour Corps (No. 574257); (No. 547257 in the CWGC Debt of Honour website).
Cyril Edward Tapping and Ethel Maude Waterson were married on 2 March 1918 in Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church. Cyril Tapping (aged 22) was a Sergeant at Clandeboye Camp. Ethel Maude Waterson (aged 24) was a laundry worker from The Hill, Groomsport and she was a daughter of Peter Waterson, a fisherman.
Sergeant Cyril Edward Tapping was 22 when he died on 20 July 1918, some four months after his marriage, and, in accordance with his final will and testament (made on 5 March 1918) his property and effects were received by his widow Maude who was living at The Hill, Groomsport.
Sergeant Cyril Edward Tapping was buried in Charmes Military Cemetery, France and he is commemorated in Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church.