Tipton

Remembers

Private 18316 Herbert Robert Taylor


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Died on Saturday, 21st October 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave III. A. 254. at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Nord, France.

Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 20th Battalion. 7th Division.
Formerly 12289 Devonshire Regiment.

Born: Birmingham, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Handsworth.

First landed France & Flanders, 27th July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/201825/


Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Cannot trace with any certainty.

Marriage of Herbert Robert Taylor and Jane James registered December quarter 1908 in Dudley.

1911 Census
52 Payton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham.
Herbert Taylor (22, Corporation Labourer for Handsworth District Council, born Birmingham), his wife Jane (22, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Mary Anne (3, born Tipton), and Nelly (1, born Handsworth).


Personal Data

The Tipton Library Memorial commemorates H.R. Taylor. The book of Staffordshire War Memorial listings shows him as Pte H.R. Taylor, Machine Gun Corps. Private 18316 Herbert Robert Taylor was the only man to match these criteria, but as a Birmingham man there was no obvious link to Tipton. Herbert Taylor's grandson, Adrian, made contact via this web-site and resolved the situation.

Adrian said that Herbert had married Jane James in 1908, and that his grandmother Mary Anne was their child. This leads to the above census record in 1911, and shows that Jane James was born in Tipton. It is a strong probability that Jane returned to Tipton either when Herbert joined the Army, or after his death, probably to live with her parents.

When names were being requested for the Tipton Memorial, Jane would have quite reasonably put forward her late husband's name even though there is no evidence that Herbert ever lived in Tipton. He is welcome here.

After Herbert's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/15/4d (2 pounds, 15 shillings and 4 pence); this was paid to his widow, Jane, in March 1917. His War Gratuity was £9/0/0d (9 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his widow in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Herbert had enlisted in approximately September 1914.


Action resulting in his death

The Tipton Library Memorial commemorates H.R. Taylor. The book of Staffordshire War Memorial listings shows him as Pte H.R. Taylor, Machine Gun Corps. Private 18316 Herbert Robert Taylor was the only man to match these criteria, but as a Birmingham man there was no obvious link to Tipton. Herbert Taylor's grandson, Adrian, made contact via this web-site and resolved the situation.

Adrian said that Herbert had married Jane James in 1908, and that his grandmother Mary Anne was their child. This leads to the above census record in 1911, and shows that Jane James was born in Tipton. It is a strong probability that Jane returned to Tipton either when Herbert joined the Army, or after his death, probably to live with her parents.

When names were being requested for the Tipton Memorial, Jane would have quite reasonably put forward her late husband's name even though there is no evidence that Herbert ever lived in Tipton. He is welcome here.

After Herbert's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/15/4d (2 pounds, 15 shillings and 4 pence); this was paid to his widow, Jane, in March 1917. His War Gratuity was £9/0/0d (9 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his widow in October 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Herbert had enlisted in approximately September 1914.


Newspaper Cuttings

None.