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George William TAYLOR

Regimental number2048
Place of birthBirmingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
Address220 Young Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation37
Next of kinSon, G W Taylor, 220 Young Street, Annandale, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 6 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 27 July 1915 - 1st Field Company Engineers, 10th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 1 FCE, 3 November 1915. Wounded, 19 September 1917, in Belgium, but remained at duty. Promoted Sergeant, 9 July 1918. Mortally wounded, 12 August 1918. Died at Lihons, France.
FateDied of wounds 19 August 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death40
Place of burialMont Huon Military Cemetery (Plot VII, Row A, Grave No. 3B), Le Treport, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
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Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when working on the construction of a strong point under heavy fire. He took charge when his officer was wounded, and, keeping his men under perfect control, completed the work. He showed great initiative and fearlessness.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Military Medal

'In the operations along MENIN ROAD, during the period from 2. a.m. on September 20th to midnight on the same date he was employed on the construction of a strong point in the vicinity of POLYGON WOOD and a communication trench to a neighbouring strong point. About 4.30 a.m. the position was subjected to heavy hostile shelling Corporal TAYLOR assisted very considerably to lay out the communication trench before dawn and placed the men, while everybody in the vicinity was sheltering owing to the intensity of the bombardment. About 6 p.m. the same day the strong point was very heavily shelled for over two hours and Corporal TAYLOR again showed great courage digging out and attending casualties and encouraging men and repeatedly moved along the trench which had by this time been very baadly damaged.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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