Taylor, Arthur

Arthur Taylor, Lieutenant, 4th Bn. attd. 11th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 10th April 1918 in Belgium, aged 20

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Elizabeth Taylor, of 89, South Park Rd., Macclesfield, and the late J. S. Taylor.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Arthur Taylor joined the 4th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment but later served with the 11th Battalion.

On 26 April 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Arthur was missing:

Sec-Lieut. A. Taylor, Ches Regt, son of Company-Quartermaster-Sergt Taylor and of Mrs Taylor, 89 Higginbotham Street*, Macclesfield, is reported missing in France from April 11th. He was educated at Christ Church School. Gaining a scholarship tenable at the Macclesfield Grammar School, Lieut Taylor scored a brilliant success in the Cambridge Local Examination, being the first in all England. He is 20 years of age and joined the Army along with Second-Lieut. F Hammond. They were gazetted together, and by a further strange coincidence were posted missing on the same day. Lieut Taylor’s brother, Lieut N Taylor, Ches Regt, is stationed at Bacton, and his father, CQMS Taylor, is serving in England.

*Higginbotham Street is now named South Park Road.

The Macclesfield Times subsequently reported on 12 July that Lieut Taylor was a prisoner of war in Germany:

Mrs Taylor, 89 Higginbotham Street, has received news through the Red Cross Society that her son, Second-Lieutenant Arthur Taylor, Cheshire Regt, is a prisoner of war in Germany… Lieut. Hammond is also a prisoner of war, and received a wound in the right knee before being captured.

Arthur was later assumed to have been killed in action on or since 10 April 1918.

 

COMMEMORATION

Lieut Arthur Taylor has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 4 and 5 on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Lieut Arthur Taylor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Lieut Arthur Taylor is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church, Christ Church School and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials.

 

 

 

NOTES

Son of John Shatwell Taylor, who served as CQMS in England; and brother of Norman Taylor, who served as a lieutenant with the Cheshire Regiment at Bacton, Norfolk; both are believed to have survived the war.

 

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 24 May 1918, 31 September 1921

 


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