|Royal Field Artillery||801530||296th Brigade|
Photos courtesy Aileen Taylor
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
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
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
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
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
|Margaret||Taylor||Head (wdw)||37||Sewing machinist||Crich|
|Ann E||Horritt||neice||23||Sewing machinist||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 48 page 16
1911: Rose Cottage, Whatstandwell
RG14PN20985 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED14 SN68
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