Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Soisson Memorial
Children: Elsie, May
Regiment: Border Regt
John Taylor was born in Bradford in 1896, the son of John William Taylor born 1868 in Bradford and Sarah Annie Fowler born 1863 in Cambridge. There is no trace of this family in the Census returns for 1901 or 1911 and nothing is known of them.John married Jemima Blunt in Bradford in 1915, who had been born in Seamore, Derbyshire in 1896 and they went to live with John’s parents at 187 Exeter Street where two daughters were born to
them, Elsie in 1916 and May in 1917.John enlisted on the 3rd of February 1917 as Private 58003 Regiment unknown but was later transferred to the Border Regiment as Private 29593. During the third Battle of the Aisne 27th of May to the 6th of June 1918 a small British force at Chemin des Dames was struck and virtually destroyed as part of the German offensive, Operation Bluecher.
John went missing on the first day and was later presumed killed. He was 22 years of age.He is remembered on the Soissons Memorial which stands in the town centre and commemorates almost 4000 men who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne and who have no known grave.John left his effects including his War Gratuity to his widow Jemima who received £7.0.0d on the 18th September 1919.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks