James Taylor (1878–1936)

Pioneer Sergeant

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 22124  
Lancashire Fusiliers 3/24157 2nd Battalion

James, born in 1878, the son of Reuben and Elizabeth Taylor of Fritchley. He was unmarried and lived with his nephew on Kirkham Lane, Fritchley. Enlisting in the army in January 1915, he was transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers in July, later promoted to sergeant and appointed pioneer sergeant. After demob in 1919 he returned to Fritchley and worked as a stone mason. He was employed by Derbyshire County Council at the time of his sudden death.

Army Service Record
He enlisted at Derby on the 13 January 1915 aged 36 years and 5 months, an unmarried mason living at Fritchley. His next of kin was Alfred Taylor of Fritchley, his brother. His height was 5ft 11in and weighed 172lb. He had defective teeth which were appropriate for mastication.
13/01/15 attested
24/07/15 transferred to Lancashire Fusiliers at Hull
27/07/15 Posted BEF France
11/08/17 promoted sergeant & app Pioneer Sergeant
16/12/18 leave to UK
01/05/19 demobbed

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British and 15 Star Medals
Entered France 30-7-15


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Elizabeth Taylor Head (wdw) 46 Washerwoman Crich
James Taylor son 22 Stone mason Crich
Walter Taylor grandson 1   Crich

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Alfred Taylor Head 35 Stone dresser Crich
Eliza Taylor wife 32   Crich
Walter Taylor son 11   Crich
Ivy Taylor daughter 9   Crich
Doris Taylor daughter 7   Crich
Tressa Taylor daughter 3   Crich
James Taylor boarder 32 Stone dresser Crich

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1918 Crich voters
James Taylor, Fritchley; absent on military service.