Guy Holbrook TAYLOR


TAYLOR, Guy Holbrook

Service Number: 2255
Enlisted: 1 May 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Semaphore, South Australia, 24 February 1891
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of Illness (Enteric), Gallipoli, At sea (HS Gascon), 6 October 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea (HS Gascon), Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gilberton Soldiers Memorial Swimming Reserve, Grange Public School Roll of Honor, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2255, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2255, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2255, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
4 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2255, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Guy had attended Pulteney Street School and St Peters College where he spent 2 years in the College Cadets. On leaving school he joined the staff of Elder, Smith & Co. Ltd. where he was high respected. He was a fine athlete having played inter-collegiate football 1906 -1907 and rowed with the Adelaide Rowing Club 1910 – 1915. He also played football for West Torrens Club in 1909 and was captain of Glenferrie football team for several years. - The Register 11/11/1918 p6



From the book Fallen Saints  - Guy Holbrook Taylor was born at Semaphore South Australia. He played inter-collegiate football for St Peters College and was a keen student who it seemed enjoyed classroom work almost as much as the activities he was involved in during his two years in the cadets.

Guy was a clerk with Elder Smith & Co., Adelaide and a member of the Adelaide Rowing Club and in1909 played senior football with the West Torrens Football Club and for a time captained the Glenferrie football team.

He enlisted at Keswick on 20 April 1915, joined the 6th quota of reinforcements for the 10th Battalion and sailed with that quota from Adelaide aboard HMAT Borda on 23 June; this quota joined the battalion in the line at Anzac on 4 August.

Private Taylor was admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station with fever in September and although quickly evacuated to the Hospital Ship Gascon died on 6 October and was buried at sea; he was 24 years of age.

His younger brother and only sibling, Bruce (OS) contracted tuberculosis in the trenches of France and after returning to Australia died in 1919.

In January 1920, their widowed mother wrote to the Secretary of Defence to enquire why she had not received a Roll of Honour form for her son Bruce. Mrs Taylor stated the only reason he had been discharged was that she was in a position to have him nursed and ensure he was ‘given every comfort at home.’

At the end of January the Officer in charge of Base Records wrote back to inform her ‘the forms are only being despatched in connexion with soldiers who died whilst members of the AIF.’ [i]

[i] National Archives of Australia: B 2455, Taylor, Guy Holbrook / 1930192, viewed 5 May 2007