William James TAYLOR

TAYLOR, William James

Service Number: 2237
Enlisted: 26 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 23 January 1886
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, La Clayette, France, 30 June 1916, aged 30 years
Cemetery: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium
La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, La Plus Douve, Wallonie, Belgium, Mussy-sous-Dun Communal Cemetery, Mussy-sous-Dun, Burgundy, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ryde Public School Roll of Honour, Truro War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

26 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2237, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2237, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
22 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2237, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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22 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2237, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Pera, Sydney
29 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 2237, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2237 awm_unit: 27 Battalion awm_rank: Lance Corporal awm_died_date: 1916-06-29

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Killed in Action during a Trench Raid on the night of the 28/29th of June 1916. The action took place near Ontario Farm in the Messines Ridge sector of the Ypres / Flanders front line. 

The Battalion diary summaries the events that occurred that night: "During night our raiding party entered enemy trenches at Ontario Farm under Artillery Barrage and did some damage. Killing 17 enemy and taking 4 prisoners. retaliation by Bosche Artillery severe. Our casualties Wounded Lts Sommerville JR and Gooden SR. Other Ranks Killed 4, Wounded 26." Although it was only a relatively small trench raid carried out that night, the German's inflicted more damage on the raiders than the 27th did to the German's.