WILLIAM STANLEY TAYLOR

 

 

Born: 1890, 379, Wherstead Road, Stoke, Ipswich.

Died: 10th March 1915; age 24; KiA near Neuve Chapelle at the head of his men, leading them into action when he was struck by a rifle bullet through the right breast and died painlessly.

The People – Sunday, 11th April 1915 – Sergeant William Stanley Taylor, 8831, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers. Reported killed 10th March. His wife will gratefully receive any information from a comrade. Write, Mrs. Taylor, 13, Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich.

E.A.D.T – Saturday, 24th April 1915 – AN IPSWICH SERGEANT – Mrs. Mary Taylor, of 13, Friars Bridge Road, has received intimation that her husband, 8831, Sergeant William Stanley Taylor, of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, has been killed in action. The deceased was only 24 years of age, and death has thus early put an end to a brilliant and promising career. Sergeant Taylor was devoted to his work and held certificates for numerous branches of his profession, among others for chiropody and transport, and a special certificate for promotion. He was also proficient in range-finding and had been through a course of Barr Stroud and Muinden. William Taylor was a good all-round man, being a splendid shot. He could take his place either as an assistant schoolmaster or a player in a football, swimming, or hockey team. He was very popular with his men. At the outbreak of hostilities, Sergeant William Taylor, with his battalion, was stationed at Gibraltar. They were brought to England and drafted to the Front at the beginning of October. He was slightly wounded after going to the Front, and again very severely in December. Sergeant Taylor was born on Wherstead Road, Ipswich, and was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor. The following is a letter received from his company officer: –

Dear Mrs. Taylor, I regret to have to inform you that your husband, Sergeant William Taylor, was killed on the 10th March near Neuve Chapelle. He was struck by a rifle bullet through the right breast and died painlessly. His loss is deeply felt by me and by the whole battalion. He was a very efficient sergeant, with a keen sense of duty, and he died at the head of his men, leading them into action with great courage. I shall be very pleased to do anything I can for you. A. A. R. Thomson, Lieutenant.

Residence: 13, Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 20th October 1914 – France.

 

Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 8831

Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

Panel 12 & 13.

Le Touret Memorial,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Third son of William & Bessie Taylor, of 13, Friars Bridge Road, Ipswich; Husband of (Lillie) M.E. Campbell Gallacher (formerly Taylor), of 26, Polwarth Street, Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   379, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

 

William was 11 months old and living with his parents & brothers.

William Taylor, 33, a Foundry Labourer, born Ipswich.

Bessie Taylor (nee Frost), 27, born Ipswich.

Robert Charles P. Taylor, 9, born Ipswich.

George Alfred William Taylor, 3, born Ipswich.

 

1901   379, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

 

William was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William, 43, a Foundry Labourer.

Bessie, 36.

Robert, 17, a Blacksmith’s Labourer.

George, 13, a Milk Boy.

Cyril Jobson Taylor, 6, born Ipswich.

Lilian Bessie M. Taylor, 2, born Ipswich.

 

William’s father William Taylor died 1915, Ipswich.

 

In 1911, Ayrshire, Scotland, William married Mary Elizabeth Campbell, born 1891, Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland – daughter of Robert John Campbell and Maud Campbell (nee Newsome).

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Mary E. Taylor – widow.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.

 

 

Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion

 

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