Taylor, William

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Overton

Name / Enw: Taylor, William

Regiment/Catrawd: King's Shropshire Light Infantry 5th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Company Serjeant Major, 11146

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Baschurch (All Saints) Churchyard

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: F. 12.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War and Victory Medals and 1915 Star

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died “at home” on the 15th March 1916, age 32 years.

Baschurch (All Saints) Church and Churchyard, Shropshire.

William’s grave sent to me by Annie Jones, many thanks to her.

William Taylor is a mystery, as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that William’s father was Thomas Proctor Taylor and he lived in Stockwell, Wandsworth, London.   I have traced Thomas Proctor Taylor back through the censuses and although he married twice, one to Emily Harriet Lake in 1883 in Coventry and then to Ada Julia Wicks in 1907, on none of the censuses are any children shown to either of the two brides, although, of course that doesn’t mean that there were none, but it is increasingly hard to find William, who according to the CWGC database states he was 32 years old when he died, making his birth circa 1884, making probable mother Emily Harriet who did marry Thomas Proctor Taylor in Coventry.

However I found on Ancestry.co.uk the Taylor family tree of anniejones1962 and on the pages was these pages (below)which really tells all that I have found out and the added information of his wounds and his death, so he must have been invalided home as there was no repatriation of bodies in 1916 after the Gladstone family brought home William Glynn Charles Gladstone in 1915, it was decided that men should be buried where they fell, as it was deemed unfair to the poorer people who could not afford to bring their loved ones home.  Many thanks to the owner of the Taylor Family Tree.

William Taylor in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms his regimental details and tells us that he was born in Coventry and his residence was in Clapham Junction.   He enlisted in Shrewsbury.

William Taylor in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of War as France and he entered it on the 15th May 1915 and died on the 15th March 1916, age 32 years, after being injured only a month after arriving in France and suffering for many months.

Many thanks to Annie Jones for sending me the Medal Card and Death Certificate for William.

William’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card (Overton F 24) TAYLOR, William, tells us he lived in Queensbridge –  regimental details – 11146 K..S.L.T. 5th  C.S. Major.   August 1914 to March 1917*.   In France.   Died from wounds March 1917.   Card signed but not dates.   (Cannot identify the signature, more like squiggle, no help with his identity).  *This is the wrong year.   Should be 1916.  So he must have been in that area, but I cannot find any evidence to prove that he lived here.   Yet someone wrote his Fllintshire WW1 Index card and put his name forward for him to be remembered.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.