Taylor, Albert E

Albert Edward Taylor, Private 203266, 3/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 9th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 19

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of John Thomas and Mary Taylor, who later lived at 33 Jackson St, Sutton, Macclesfield.

More information will be added when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Albert’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:

A FATAL BULLET – KILLED IN THE BIG PUSH

Mrs Taylor, 32 Union Rd, Macclesfield, has been informed that her son, Pte A E Taylor, Lancs Fusiliers, has been killed in action. The painful intelligence was contained in the following letter from a comrade:- “It pains me greatly to write… informing you of the death of your… son Albert, who was killed within five minutes of going into action on the morning of Oct. 9th by a bullet. Death was instantaneous. No doubt you will have read… about the recent advance in which the battalion played a big part. It was in this push that some of the best lads who ever left England’s shores… met their fate heroically, without flinching, for their country’s cause. Your son was extremely popular and well-liked by all in the company, and as a friend I can assure you he was invaluable. He and I enlisted on the same day and met first of all at Chester. We were in the same barrack-room and slept next to each other. We have been the best of chums during our Army career. I cannot realise having lost such a friend…”

Pte Taylor was only nineteen years of age and would have celebrated his twentieth birthday had he lived two days longer. He was educated at St Paul’s day school and attended the church, being a member of the choir as a boy. In civil life, Pte Taylor was employed in the traffic office at the Hovis and joined the Army twelve months ago. He had been in France since the beginning of March. Two brothers are serving: Corporal John Thomas Taylor, who is acting as an instructor at a training depot in England; and Pte George Frederick Taylor, Royal Army Medical Corps, stationed at Birmingham.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Albert Taylor has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 54 to 60 and 163A on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Taylor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Albert Taylor is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St Paul’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of John Thomas Taylor, who served as L/Cpl 24913 with the 11th Sussex Regiment; and George Frederick Taylor, who served as Private 119909 with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Both survived the war.

 

SOURCES
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
WWI Absent Voters Lists: Macclesfield Parliamentary Division

Macclesfield Times: 26 October 1917


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