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Harold TAYLOR

Date of birth23 September 1891
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMercantile pursuits
Address'Ellora', 9 Watson Street, Waratah, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Taylor, 'Ellora', 9 Watson Street, Waratah, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year, Senior Cadets; 2 years, 2nd Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (passed for Lieutenant, 'less Subject I').
Enlistment date26 December 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No 17), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Beatrice G. Taylor, 9 Watson Street, Waratah, New South Wales. Native of Goulburn, New South Wales.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 26 April 1915.

Rejoined unit from Beach Party, Gallipoli, 12 May 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 27 May 1915; admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, no date; transferred to H.M.H.S. 'Neuralia', 29 May 1915 (shrapnel wound, thigh); to Blue Sisters Hospital, Malta, 4 June 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 1 August 1915; embarked Alexandria, 3 August 1915; rejoined unit, 8 August 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

To be temporarily Adjutant, Gallipoli, 3 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915.

Transferred to 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn as Adjutant, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Promoted Captain, 10 March 1916.

Relinquished appointment of Adjutant, Canal Zone, 1 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

The promotion of Lieutenant Taylor to the rank of Captain will now, 29 April 1916, date as from 14 February 1916 instead of as from 10 March 1916 as shown in A.I.F. Orders List 36.

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Buried at Rue de Bois Cemetery by Reverend G. W. B. Statt, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2700512, Lt Sorenson, 17 December 1916: 'His left arm was shot off below the elbow and the fingers of the right hand were destroyed. Informant confirms the report of Lieut. R. Healy on the 14th and said that Captain Taylor died of shock, and perhaps if the Stretcher Bearer had not told him where he was wounded he might have lived.'

Second statement, 3122 Sergeant PITT (patient, No 12 General Hospital, Rouen), 13 November 1916: 'Capt. Taylor was badly wounded at Fromelles, his left arm being blown off. He asked the stretcher bearer if he was much hurt, and he told him what had happened. He died before he reached the dressing station. I witnssed the casualty.'Third statement, 3525 Pte F.J. OHLSON, 54th Bn (patient, Northants War Hospital, Duston, England), 18 November 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th at Fleirbaix, Capt. Taylor was killed by a pineapple (trench mortar). He was severely wounded and died on his way to the dressing station. He is buried in a proper grave near Fleurbaix. Informant was an eye-witness.'

Fourth statement, 3483 Pte P.J. CARRIGY, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford,England), 29 November 1916: 'Witness states that he saw the above hit in our trenches at Fleurbaix on July 19th, between 4,30 and 5 p.m. The casualty occurred just before a charge was made, and was caused by a German Trench Mortar. Capt. Taylor's arm was blown off and his leg completely shattered. Witness saw him carried out. He was unconscious and probably dad. Witness does not know where he was buried.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TAYLOR Harold
Red Cross File No 2700512

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