Samuel Taylor (1891–1949)


Royal Field Artillery 801530 296th Brigade

Photos courtesy Aileen Taylor

Photo of Samuel Taylor in WW1

Photo of Samuel Taylor in WW1

Samuel was born 22 May 1891 at Crich, the son of John and Margaret Taylor. His father died in 1895 aged thirty-two when Samuel was three years old. The family lived at Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell and Samuel worked as a warehouse hand. He enlisted in January 1915 at Derby aged twenty-three, an unmarried wire-dresser of Yews Cottage, Crich and a Baptist. He entered France in March 1917 and the following year, March 1918, he was wounded but remained on duty. He was demobbed in February 1919.

Samuel Taylor married Marion Neville in 1924. He died 30 September 1949, Marion died 6 November 1989.

photo courtesy Simon Johnson

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Samuel and Marion Taylor's headstone in St Mary's churchyard, Crich

On the original Crich Roll of Honour he appears twice. He was originally recorded as a Private but the family objected to this as his rank was “Driver”, so he was added again with this corrected.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Service Record
He enlisted 23/01/15 at Derby, aged 23 years 9 mon unmarried wire dresser living at Yews Cottage, Crich. He was a Baptist. His height was 5 ft 9 in, weight 124lb and the next of kin was his mother, Margaret Taylor, of Yews Cottage, Crich.
09/07/16 Posted driver 295th Bde.
13/03/17 Embarked to Havre
09/04/17 Granted Class I Proficiency Pay 1
21/03/18 Wounded but remained on Duty
05/08/18 to 19/08/18 Leave to UK via Boulogne
20/08/18 Return to France
28/10/18 Posted to 296 Bde RFA
08/02/19 Demobbed

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 17 August 1918
Local soldiers on leave from France this week include – Private Jesse Heappey, Gunner Samuel Taylor, Sgt Thomas Greenhough and Private Archie Roe, Fritchley.

Derbyshire Courier, 15 February 1919
Lieut. A. R. Cowlishaw, Machine Gun Corps, of Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell, was demobilsed and returned home on Saturday. He had previously been recalled by wire from sick leave. Lieut. Cowlishaw expects resuming his pre-war duties as a member of the staff of the South Metropolitan Gas Company this week. Others to receive their discharge during the week incude Drivers Sam Taylor of Crich Common and Arthur Crowder of Crich.

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


1901: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Margaret Taylor Head (wdw) 37 Sewing machinist Crich
Samuel Taylor son 9   Crich
Kate Taylor daughter 8   Crich
Ann E Horritt neice 23 Sewing machinist Crich
Henry Horritt nephew 18 Stone mason Crich

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1911: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Margaret Taylor Head (wdw) 47 Machinist Crich
Samuel Taylor son 19 Warehouse hand Crich
Kate Taylor daughter 18 Factory hand Crich

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1918 Crich voters
Samuel Taylor, The Common; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell
Samuel Taylor b.21 May 1891; plumber, general hand wire mill
Marion Taylor b.7 June 1904
Aileen Taylor b.9 April 1925; typist, hair specialist packing dept