Taylor, Harry

Harry Taylor, Private 45040, 1st/5th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in action 26th October 1917 in Belgium

 

EARLY LIFE

Harry Goodwin Taylor was born in late 1893, the son of Martha (nee Goodwin) and Joseph Taylor, a butcher of Macclesfield. In 1901, seven-year-old Harry was living at 112 Mill Street with his parents and brothers William Arthur (18) and Joseph Isaac (15). Ten years later the family, which by then also included nine-year-old Fred, had moved to 31 Brunswick Terrace, and Harry was working as a “railway servant”.

Harry joined the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants trade union on 1 September 1912, when he was employed as a porter at Macclesfield by the G C & M S Railway; his age was incorrectly stated to be 17. An undated note “Death in Army” was added to the record.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Harry enlisted in Macclesfield with the Army Cyclist Corps, receiving service number 15182, but was later transferred to the 1/5th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. He also served with the 13th Royal Engineers (Transport Section) with service number 309203.

Harry was reported missing in the Macclesfield Times on 7 December 1917, and his death was later assumed to have taken place on or after 26 October 1917:

Other local men missing include Privates Frank Newton and Harry Taylor, both of whom are connected with the Brunswick Wesleyans.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Harry Taylor has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 19 to 23 and 162 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harry Taylor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Harry Taylor is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and the Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Britain, Trade Union Membership Registers (Find My Past)
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920 (Find My Past)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times:7 December 1917


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