German Key Taylor (1885–1963)


North Staffordshire Regiment 50790 1/6 Battalion
Army Pay Corps 8381  
Lincolnshire Regiment 52066 10th & 2nd Battalions

Photo courtesy John Taylor

German Key Taylor

German Key Taylor in 1939

German KEY was born in the Heage area during 1885. His mother Hannah Key married Joseph TAYLOR during 1888 so German was then known as German Key TAYLOR. He married Emily Frances Street at Belper in 1909, Horace Norman Taylor was born December 1909 and Frederick Henry in 1916. German was a music teacher who was also a pianist at Ripley cinema, During the war years the family lived at Ash Mount, Crich Carr.

1918 Voters List
Taylor, German Key, Crich Carr absent on military service

Derbyshire Courier
5 October 1918
News was received last week by Mrs G. Key Taylor, Ash Mount, Crich Carr, that her husband, Private G Key Taylor, Lincolns, had been wounded in action. Private Taylor was hit in the left arm between shoulder and elbow by a piece of shrapnel. He has since been bought to Scotland, and is now at Dundee hospital. Private Taylor enlisted two years ago and has been in France for six months. Before joining up he was musical director and pianist at a cinema at Ripley.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Army Record
German Key Taylor 12 Havelock Street, Ripley aged 30y 1m, married; Music Teacher; 5ft 6.5½in; C of E
married Emily Frances Street in Belper 1909; child Horace Norman16 Dec 1909 at Belper, Frederick Henry 2/11/1916
52066 Lincolnshire Reg
Service April 1916 to March1919; 161 days overseas
British War and Victory medals
Army Pay Corps 8381
Lincolnshire 52066
Enlisted N Staffs Training Reserve Btn
Enlisted 12/9/16 TRB
7/7/17 transferred to N/Staffs
16/4/1918 to 2nd Lincolns
Hospital dysentry 7/8/18
Wounded 18/9/18
To England on on St Andrew 21/9/18
Demobbed 6/3/19
Dundee War Hospital 3/12/18
Address for pay Ash Mount, Whatstandwell
Left Dundee for his address at Ashmount, Whatstandwell
Medical report: German Key taylor 52066 2nd Lincolns; teacher of music; posted for duty 10/9/16; disability caused in action on the Somme; fracture humerus thro gunshot wound arm and upper leg
55th Field ambulance; 20th CCS; 6th General Rouen; War Hospital Dundee

1939 Register: King's Hill Drive, Birmingham
German Key Taylor b.31 October 1885; insurance clerk
Emily Frances Taylor b.14 April 1888
Clifford Taylor b.22 February 1920; railway clerk

Photo courtesy Colin Wyatt

German Key Taylor and family photograph

German Key Taylor (right), pictured with his wife, Frances
Also shown is son Clifford, and his wife, Dinah.
Taken at the family home, 32 Kingshill Drive, Kings Norton, Birmingham

Photo courtesy John Taylor

German Key Taylor family

German Key Taylor (left), pictured with his wife, Frances (née Street), and son, Norman Horace in 1939

German Key Taylor married Emily Frances Street at Belper in 1909; Emily was sister to Albert Percy Street, Edwin Street and Fred Street.


1901: Ambergate

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Taylor Head 37 Wire drawer Crich
Hannah Taylor wife 38   Heage
German Taylor son 15 Railway Clerk Heage
Morris Taylor son 9   Heage
George H Taylor son 1   Heage

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1911: Derwent Street, Belper

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
German Key Taylor Head 25 Insurance Agent Ambergae
Emily Frances Taylor wife 22   Ripley
Horace Norman Taylor son 1   Crich

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