Joseph Taylor was born in Bradford in 1881 the son of Thomas and Martha, nee Lister.By 1891 the family were living at the George Inn, Leeds Road, Idle and Thomas was the Publican. Five children had been born to them.In 1901 the family were still living at the George Inn and another son had been born. Joseph at 19 years of age was working as a plumber’s apprentice.In 1911 Joseph married Mary Jane Dell, born 1887 in Bradford, and they went to live at 12 Charnwood Road, Eccleshill. At this time he was working as a housepainter journeyman.
Nothing is known about Joseph’s enlistment or war service but at the time of his death he was LCpl. 241689 serving with the Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Joseph died from influenza on the 26th of October 1918 at the age of 37 years. He is buried in the Sarralbe Military Cemetery which was begun by the Germans but now contains only the graves of Commonwealth soldiers who died as prisoners of war. He left his effects to his widow Mary Jane who received £38.18.1d on the 4th June 1919 which included his War Gratuity of £19.0.0d, the amount indicating a lengthy war service.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks