Gervase Edward Taylor (1894–1973)


Devonshire Regiment    
Derbyshire Yeomanry    

Photo courtesy Di & Keith Fretwell

Photo of Gervaise Taylor in WW1

Photos Courtesy Nigel Turner

Gervaise Taylor photo in WW1

Gervaise taylor in the Derbyshire Yeomanry

Gervaise (extreme right) with the Derbyshire Yeomanry, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Mounted Brigade

Tansley Roll of Honour

Gervaise was recorded as Corporal, Derbyshire Yeomanry, on the Tansley Roll of Honour. It also shows that he was one of the first to enlist on 5 August 1914.

Tansley WW1 Roll of Honour

With thanks to Nigel Turner

Gervaise was born on Spout Farm, Tansley in 1894, the son of Gervaise and Sarah Taylor. He married Elsie Thorpe (sister to Bert Thorpe) during 1916 and served with the Derbyshire Yeomanry and Devonshire Regiments.

Gervaise Taylor family

Gervaise and Sarah (nèe Brown) with two sons; Gervaise Edward is on the left

After the war he started Crich's bus service, which was called "My Lady Coach", which ran to Ripley and Derby.

Photos courtesy Nigel Turner

My Lady coach in Crich

My Lady Coach in Crich

My Lady Coch in Crich

My Lady Coach at Cromfard Market Place

1939 Register: garage, Bennets Lane, Crich
Gervaise E Taylor b.14 April 1894; haulage contractor heavy
Elsie Taylor b.21 July 1892
Gervaise E Taylor jnr b.16 September 1924; coal haulage helping father

Gervaise married Elsie Thorpe during 1916; Elsie was sister to Lea Mills soldier Bert Thorpe.


1901: Spout Farm, Tansley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Gervase Taylor Head 41 Farmer & milk retailer Matlock
Sarah Taylor wife 43   Crich
Mary Taylor daughter 11   Matlock
Agnes Taylor daughter 9   Matlock
Gervase Ed Taylor son 6   Matlock
William Taylor son 3   Matlock
Leonard Taylor son 1   Matlock

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1911: Moorside Farm, Tansley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Gervaise Edward Taylor servant 16 Waggoner on farm Matlock

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