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.
Ashley Tapp enlisted with the Royal Navy on
17th October 1918 for the
duration of hostilities. It was noted
that he was five feet, five and three quarter inches tall, had dark brown hair,
brown eyes and a dark complexion. He
gave his occupation as domestic gardener.
He was given the number K54708 and posted to HMS Pembroke at Chatham
Naval Barracks. His rating was stoker,
2nd class. He remained there until he
was demobbed five months later on 14th February 1919. Throughout his brief time with the Royal
Navy, his character was noted as very good and his ability as satisfactory.
Ashley’s brothers Archie, Aubrey and Harry, and his cousins John and Frank Ford also served their King and Country during the First World War.