Major Charles Edmund Taunton, Natal Carabiniers, was killed in action on Nov. 3rd, 1899, in a reconnaissance from Ladysmith along the Colenso road. The enemy was in considerable force and the officer in command, finding their numbers increasing, determined on withdrawing. Concerning this reconnaissance, Sir A. Conan Doyle writes, “the death of Major Taunton, Capt. Knapp, and young Brabant, the son of the general who did such good service at a later stage of the war, was a heavy price to pay for the knowledge that the Boers were in considerable strength to the south. Major Taunton, who was the only son of Mrs. Taunton, was a keen man of business, well known in South African finance, and a director of many of the older gold mining companies. He was a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute, and his name is inscribed on a memorial tablet in the hall of the building in Northumberland Avenue, S.W.
Extract from The Last Post – Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press.