Joseph Henry Taylor

Gunner

Royal Field Artillery 106860 "D" Battery, 62nd Brigade

Derbyshire Courier


Newspaper photograph of Joseph Taylor

Notes
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.

Newspaper Reports

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
Deryshire Times photo of Joseph TaylorThe 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
Dead 21/07/17

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name TAYLOR, JOSEPH HENRY
Initials J H
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Gunner
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery
Unit "D" Bty. 82nd Bde.
Age 19
Date of Death 21/07/1917
Service Number 106860
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

War grave certificate for Joseph Henry Taylor in WW1

He is remembered on the Alderwasley War Memorial.

Photo courtesy Peter Patilla

Alderwasley War Memorial
Names on Alderwasley War Memorial

Alderwasley War Memorial

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Darley Dale

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Herbert Taylor Head 29 Railway porter Weston Super Mare
Hannah Taylor wife 30   Darley Dale
John W Taylor son 6   Darley Dale
Herbert Taylor son 5   Darley Dale
Joseph H Taylor son 3   Darley Dale
Ada Taylor daughter 2   Darley Dale

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1911: Bury Hill Farm, Alderwasley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Taylor Servant 13 Farm servant Darley Dale

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Joseph’s brothers Herber Taylor and John William Taylor are also on the Roll of Honour