|Royal Field Artillery||106860||"D" Battery, 62nd Brigade|
Joseph was born in 1898 at Darley Dale, a son of railway porter Herbert Taylor and his wife Hannah. In 1911 Joseph was a thirteen-year-old farm servant at Bury Hill Farm, Alderwasley. He entered France in October 1915 and was killed in July 1917 aged nineteen. He was buried at Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension near Ypres. At the time his parents were living at Crich Carr.
Derbyshire Courier, 11 August 1917
WHATSTANDWELL GUNNER KILLED
News was received by Mr and Mrs Herbert Taylor, of Mill Cottage, Whatstandwell, on Wednesday last week that their son, Gunner Joseph Taylor, had been killed in action. The news was sent by Major J C Paul, in a sympathetic letter in which he says: - “It is with deep regret that I have to announce to you the death of your son, Gunner J.H. Taylor, who was killed in action at the battery on 21st of July. During the months he’s been in this battery he has always worked well and kept cheerful, and I feel the loss of this boy greatly. His body was brought down from the gun line, and he was buried by a military chaplain in a British cemetery behind the lines. Please accept the deepest sympathy of the officers, NCOs and men in this your sad loss.” Gunner Taylor, Who was just over nineteen years of age, was finally built youth, he was the youngest of the three soldier sons of Mr and Mrs Taylor. The others are in France. Enlisting in August 1915, he was drafted to France last February. In civil life he was in the service of Mr J Else at the Cupola Farm, Lea.
Derbyshire Times: 25th August 1917
The sad news was received last week by Mr and Mrs Taylor of Mill Cottage, Whatstandwell, that their son Gunner J. H. Taylor was killed in action. Gunner Taylor was 19 years of age, and previous to enlisting was employed in farm work. Major Paul wrote as follows to Mrs Taylor: – “It is with deep regret that I have to announce to you the death of your son, Gunner J. H. Taylor, who was killed in action at the battery on July 21st. During the last few months he has been in this battery he has always worked well and kept cheerful, and I feel the loss of this boy greatly. The body was brought down from the gun line, and he was buried by a military chaplain in a British Cemetery behind the lines.”
Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Entered France 23/10/15
|Name||TAYLOR, JOSEPH HENRY|
|Regiment/Service||Royal Field Artillery|
|Unit||"D" Bty. 82nd Bde.|
|Date of Death||21/07/1917|
|Additional Information||Son of Herbert and Hannah Taylor, of Crich Carr, Whatstandwell, Matlock, Derbyshire..|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||II. D. 1.|
|Cemetery||DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION|
He is remembered on the Alderwasley War Memorial.
Photo courtesy Peter Patilla
1901: Darley Dale
|Herbert||Taylor||Head||29||Railway porter||Weston Super Mare|
|John W||Taylor||son||6||Darley Dale|
|Joseph H||Taylor||son||3||Darley Dale|
RG13 piece 3266 folio 53 page 17
1911: Bury Hill Farm, Alderwasley
|Joseph||Taylor||Servant||13||Farm servant||Darley Dale|
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