John William Taylor
Private 20521 - York and Lancaster Regiment
1st/4th (Hallamshire) TF Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 12th June 1917 : Aged 31
Loos Memorial - Panel 105 and 106
Born in Blackwell but following his fathers death, John moved into Huthwaite taking residence with his mother in Cambridge Villa at 119 Blackwell Road. John did enlist with the Northumberland Fusiliers, before being moved to his active regiment. His married brother was serving in the Royal Flying Corps stationed at Farnborough. The funeral of their mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Ward Taylor aged 78, is now found reported by the Notts Free Press 29th March 1935, further revealing how her younger son Private John W. Taylor had been leader of the Parish Church Bible Class, and Mrs. Taylor was selected to unveil the stained glass window in the Huthwaite Parish Church, erected to him and local comrades
Notts Free Press – 24th March, 1916.
A farewell tea for J.W. Taylor who left on Monday to join the forces. He was leader of the Young Mens Bible Class and there were 40 members of the class present together with 20 members of the Girl’s guild. Both the class and guild subscribed to a smokers set for him which included a silver matchbox. cigarette case and cigarettes. T. Goodall was to act in his absence.
Notts Free Press – 26th May, 1916.
When Private Taylor was on leave he was asked to present a porcelain clock set to Mr. And Mrs Arthur Allsop donated by the Parish Church Men’s Bible Class.
Notts Free Press – 6th. July, 1917.
LOCAL SOLDIERS KILLED - PRIVATE J.W. TAYLOR.
One of the most popular and respected young men in Huthwaite to fall in the war is Private John Wm. Taylor, A Company, 1/4th Yorks. and Lancs., who lived before joining the army at Cambridge Villa, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, along with his widowed mother, who is a chronic invalid. Private Taylor is a native of Blackwell and has spent nearly all of his working career in the local shops of Messrs Hunters, being at their South Normanton branch when he joined up (in March of last year) in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and was afterwards transferred to the regiment mentioned. He was 31 years of age, and at Huthwaite took a keen interest in Parish Church work, being a sidesman and leader of the Men’s Bible Class. He had been just a year in France, the official notice being dated June 27th, 1917. A letter from his Captain states that he was killed instantaneously by shrapnel, and sends the sympathy of the officers and men as follows:-
“It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Private J.W. Taylor. He was killed instantaneously by shrapnel and suffered no pain. His officer was wounded at the same time, and he told me how bravely your son had carried out his duties that night during a raid which was made on the German trenches. He was a fine soldier and very popular with everyone in the Company. All the officers and men of the Company join with me in expressing the deepest sympathy for you in your great loss – Edward M. Holmes, Captain”
His other brother (who is married) is in the R.F.C., and is at Farnborough.
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