Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Walter Taylor 1889 - 1916

Walter Taylor, Barnsley Chronicle 15th July 1916 
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1889

Military Service:

Enlisted: 5 February 1915 in Barnsley
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster 14th Battalion (2nd Barnsley Pals)
Service number and Rank: 14/496 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and The Victory Medal

Death: 6th July 1916  Age 27

Buried: Barnsley Cemetery
Grave Reference: S 250


St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
St Paul's, Old Town, WW1 Memorial Plaque

Links & Notes:

Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Walter Taylor died in Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire, from wounds received on 1 July 1916 - the first day of the Battle of the Somme.


Private W. Taylor aged 28 years, who has been mortally wounded, joined the 2nd Barnsley Battalion in the early stages of its formation and at the time he lived with his parents at Highfield Terrace, Barnsley. He worked at Messrs. Rylands' Glassworks and as a boy he was educated at St. Mary's School.  The deceased was over on furlough at Whitsuntide, he having been previously on special work with a bombing party.

After receiving his wounds Private Taylor was removed to Netley Hospital where he died. Last week-end the mortal remains were brought to Barnsley and the deceased was accorded a military funeral.  A large number of soldiers attended from the Newhall Camp, a section acting as bearers and others forming a firing party.  Canon Hervey very appropriately conducted the service, which was of a most impressive character and was witnessed by a huge concourse of sympathises.  The route from Churchfield to the Barnsley Cememtery was lined with people.  A goodly number of fellow employees from Rylands' Glassworks walked in procession.  After the sad rites had been performed at the graveside the firing party discharged three volleys. 

Barnsley Chronicle 15 July 1916, with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Walter Taylor was the son of Joseph and Margaret Ann Taylor, 18 Highfield Terrace, Churchfield, Barnsley.  His occupation in 1911 was a Glasshand.
Joseph Taylor was a coal miner. Walter had two siblings, Clara and Herbert.

Information from the 1911 census. Ancestry.co.uk.

It is fairly unusual for a soldier to be buried in his home town, Walter Taylor died in the UK, of injuries which he received on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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