Harry TAYLOR MC, MM

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TAYLOR, Harry

Service Number: 1489
Enlisted: 17 September 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Birmingham, England, 23 September 1891
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic
Died: Aeroplane accident , Over Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire, England, 18 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton St Peter's Anglican Church Memorial Window, Waratah Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1489, 301st Company Mechancial Transport
22 Dec 1914: Embarked SN 1489, 301st Company Mechancial Transport, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement SN 1489, 301st Company Mechancial Transport
7 Nov 1916: Honoured Military Medal
5 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Corporal, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
17 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
17 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
6 Feb 1918: Honoured Military Cross

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans


From Cathy Sedgwick

On 18th August, 1918 at approximately 18.00 hours Second Lieutenant Douglas Abbott Ferguson was piloting a Sopwith Camel C6746 which collided head on with Lieutenant Harry Taylor, MC, MM, who was piloting a Sopwith Scout D4170 while conducting dogfight training at Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire, out of No. 8 Training Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Leighterton.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting Memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery. 

103 years ago today, on the 24th April 1918, Private Harry Taylor, 54th Battalion (Reg No-575A), carpenter and joiner from 25 Smith Street, North Waratah, (Mayfield East) New South Wales, father of two (George T - 1910 and Bessie B - 1913), Died of Wounds (gas shell poisoning) at Villers-Bretonneux, France, age-35.

Born at Barnsley, Yorkshire, England about 1883 to George (died 1921) and Emma (died 1931) Taylor of 2 Donald Street, Hamilton, N.S.W.; husband of Jane Taylor nee Atkinson (married 1909, Hamilton, N.S.W., died?), Harry enlisted January 1916 with the 36th Battalion at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 17.4.1918 (gassed), Harry is resting at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France. Block P Plot IX Row D Grave 10A.

Mr Taylor’s name has been inscribed on the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honor, Hamilton St Peter's Anglican Church Memorial Window, Hamilton St. Peter's Anglican Church Honor Roll, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Book of Gold and the Waratah Park Memorial Gates. Name not inscribed on the Newcastle Progressive Carpenters & Joiners Roll of Honour.

Sadly, there is no memorial inscription on the headstone of Harry’s parents to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of their son, so January 2021 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. ANGLICAN 1-24. 118.

Lest We Forget.

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