James Frederick Taylor (1890–1931)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 45376 2nd Battalion

Photos courtesy Betty Jackson

James Frederick Taylor

Although records show him as James Frederick, his preferred name was Frederick. He was born in 1890 and worked as a labourer in the spar works. During the war he was wounded in the left hand. After the war he worked as a greengrocer before dying in the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, aged forty-one, in 1931. At the time of his death he was engaged to Freda Marsden.

James Frederick Taylor's War Certificate

A framed copy of Fred's War certificate, photograph, Victory Medal and Italian War Merit Cross

[Note: The Italian War Merit Cross was instituted by King Victor Emanuel III on 19 January 1918. It was awarded to members of the armed forces with a minimum of one year's service in contact with an enemy who received the Medal of the Wounded, or to those who, when mentioned for war merit, received a promotion.]

Medal Index Roll
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Also the Silver War Badge

Silver War Badge
45376, Pte Taylor Fred; Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment; badge B43291; Enlisted 10-12-15 and 5-5-16; discharged 29-10-18,; wounded; served overseas

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier , 15 December 1917
Pte. Maurice Perry, Crich
Pte. Fred Taylor, Crich
Pte. William Frost, Crich

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 2 January 1932
newspaper photo of Janes Frederick TaylorMr Frederick Taylor, aged 41, of Rock House, Crich died on Wednesday week, at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, where he had been a patient for about three weeks.
Mr Taylor, who conducted a green grocery business, was a native of Crich, being born at the White House Farm at Plaistow Green. He was the eldest son of Mr John and the late Mrs Taylor. During the war he served in the 2nd Battalion of Notts and Derbys and was wounded through the left hand. The news of his death caused a shock throughout the village, for he had only been ill a comparatively short time.
The funeral took place at Crich Parish Church on Sunday, the vicar (the Rev H.E. Jones, BSc) officiating.

Walter Hallam's diary:
He was often mentioned in Walter's 1914 diaries

Frederick Taylor's brother John Arthur Taylor is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Field House, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Taylor Head 40 Joiner Crich
Frederick Taylor son 10   Crich
John A Taylor son 4   Crich
Martha Taylor daughter 1   Crich
Frank Dalziel visitor 38 Farmer Shottle
Elizabeth Colman servant 15 Domestic Crich

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1911: The Fields, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bown Taylor Head 49 Joiner, builder & contractor Crich
Mary Ann Taylor wife 47   Crich
James Fred Taylor son 19 labourer spa works Crich
John Arther Taylor son 14 door sandpapering machinist Crich
Martha E Taylor daughter 11 At school Crich
William Taylor son 9 At school Crich
Elizabeth Taylor daughter 3   Crich
John Duggan visitor 44 Water Board Clerk Knighton
Sarah Duggan visitor 42   Newcastle, Shrop.

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1918 Crich voters
James Frederick Taylor, Field House; absent on military service.