George Bertram Taylor (1894–1968)

Acting Sergeant

Grenadier Guards 22735 4th & 5th (Reserve) Battalions

Photo courtesy Linda Hunt

George Bertram Taylor

George in later life

The original Roll of Honour inside Crich Parish Church lists ‘Pte. Bert. Taylor’. Research has shown that this is likely to be George Bertram Taylor, who had lived at Crich Carr prior to enlistment. His granddaughter recalls that some of his grandchildren knew him as ‘Bert’ rather than George, which suggests that he was perhaps better known by his middle name.

Notes courtesy of Linda Hunt and Peter Williamson, Bert's grandchildren

George Bertram Taylor – known as Bert – was born at Crich Carr in 1894. He was the oldest of the four children of Samuel Taylor and Ellen Amelia Jackson. Bert was raised at Crich Carr and prior to his military service during the war he had been employed as a wire drawer at the wire works of Richard Johnson and Nephew Ltd at Ambergate.

Shortly before Bert’s enlistment in February 1915, his family had moved to live at Ridgeway at Ambergate. He attested for service at Derby on 3 February 1915 and was attached to the Grenadier Guards. Prior to arriving in France in October 1915, Bert was awarded two certificates of education, awarded on the authority of the Army Council. He served as part of the British Expeditionary Force in France during October 1915, but received a gunshot wound to the left knee after less than three weeks and was invalided back to England. He was transferred to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion in London and saw out the majority of his military service in England. Bert was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in February 1916 and subsequently to Corporal in April 1918 and finally to an unpaid Lance Sergeant in June 1918. In April 1918 he returned to France to join an infantry base depot at Étaples, where he was transferred to the 4th Battalion. He returned to England in February 1919, whereupon he was demobilised from military service. He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal, and also the 1915 Star.

Whilst he had been based at barracks in London, Bert met and married Louisa Smith in 1918. After being discharged from the army, Bert briefly lived at his wife’s native Lavenham in Suffolk, but they soon settled with their children at Ambergate where Bert returned to his employment at the wire works. He remained in this occupation for many years, until his retirement.

George Bertram Taylor passed away at Ambergate on 25 February 1968, aged seventy-three years. He was laid to rest in Belper Cemetery.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals
List as Corporal

Pension Record
He attested 3rd Feb 1915 at Derby into the Genadier Guards aged 20 years 11 months, a wire drawer living at Ridgeway, Ambergate. He married Louisa Smith at Christ Church, Paddington on 6th March 1918.
He was appointed L/Cprl 29/02/16, paid Cprl 13/04/18, unpaid a/Sgt 3/06/18. He was debobbed 3 March 1920
03/02/15 – 04/10/15 Home
05/10/15 – 29/10/15 Exeditionary Force France
10/10/15 – 06/04/18 Home

07/04/18 Embarked Folkestone for Etables, joined H BD 1st Bn Grenadier Guards
14/04/18 Transferred to 4th Grenadier Guards
26/92/19 Embarked Dunkirk for UK
Gunshot wound to left knee.
Disability Statement: Examined at Colgne, Germany on 19/02/19; a L.Sgt with permanent address at 3 Prospect Terrace, The Common, Lavenham; Age last birthday 25.
24/10/15 Wounded in action, gunshot wound admiited to CCCS
26/10/15 Admitted to SGH at Rouen
30/10/15 Transferred to 5th Reserve Btn in London

Certificates of Education

Courtesy Linda Hunt

Certificate of Education for George Bertram Taylor
Certificate of Education for george Bertram Taylor
George Bertram Taylor

Bert and Louisa

George Bertram Taylor

Bert and Louisa

George Bertram Taylor

Bert in later life

1939 Register: Derby Road, Ambergate
George B Taylor b.28 Febuary 1894; wire drawer machinisy heavy work
Louisa Taylor b.17 September 1895
Helen W Williamson (Taylor) b.16 March 1920; shop assistant grocery dept
Bertram F Taylor b.7 August 1921; wire drawer heavy work

Bert married Louisa Smith in 1918 qtr March (Paddington reg district)


1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Taylor Head 34 Wire drawer Crich
Ellen A Taylor wife 33   Crich
George B Taylor son 7   Crich
Alice E Taylor daughter 4   Crich
Ellen Tate Mother in law 74   Nottingham

RG13 piece 3231 folio 46 page 15

1911:Park View, Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Taylor Head 43 Wire drawer Crich
Ellen Amelia Taylor wife 42   Crich
George Bertram Taylor son 17 Wire drawer Crich
Alice Evelyn Taylor daughter 14   Crich
Audrey Taylor daughter 9   Crich
Eric Arthur Taylor son under 9 mo   Crich

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