There were also two other children from the marriage. The 1891 census for Chailey notes a May Tapp (aged 12) and a Kate Tapp (aged 10), both born in Chailey and living with the family on South Common. By the time the 1901 census was taken, May was working as a cook in the household of James E Odgers of 145 Woodstock Road, Oxford while Kate, (recorded as Kate Taff on the census), was working as a housemaid at ‘The Elms’, the house of Walter Mews in Portslade-by-Sea.
Aubrey Tapp enlisted with the Royal Navy on
27th January 1916 for five years with the colours and
seven on the Reserve. It was noted that
he was five feet, eight and a quarter inches tall, had dark brown hair, brown
eyes and a fresh complexion. He had a small
brown birthmark on the back of his neck and a small scar on the top of his
right cheek near the outside of his eye.
He gave his occupation as Dynamo Attendant. He was given the number SS117470 and
commenced his service with the Royal Navy by going straight to HMS Victory II (Portsmouth Naval
Barracks) on 27th January
1916 with the rating stoker 2nd Class. On 16th July he transferred to HMS Mameluke and remained with this ship
for the remainder of the war.
HMS Mameluke was a Moon (M) Class Destroyer launched on
14th August 1915. It was sold for scrapping in September
Aubrey Tapp was promoted to stoker 1st class on
1st December 1916 and awarded a good conduct
badge on 26th January 1919. He was demobbed on 31st January 1920, joining the Royal
Fleet Reserve. Throughout his service
his character was noted as very good and his ability as satisfactory.
Chailey Parish Magazine mentions Stoker A Tapp in its April 1916 issue noting that he is serving on HMS Diadem. There is no mention of this in Aubrey Tapp’s service record and Ashley Tapp had yet to join the senior service. Archie Tapp was already serving on HMS Euryalus. In January 1917, the parish magazine notes that he is serving aboard HMS Mameluke and this information is repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.
Aubrey’s brothers Archie, Ashley and Harry, and his cousins John and Frank Ford also served their King and Country during the First World War.