Riez du Vinage, Spring Offensive, Killed in Action Military Medal and Memorial Plaque TAYLOR Lancashire Fusiliers.
Military Medal and Death Plaque to William Taylor who also served in the Anglo Boer War.
Military Medal named to: 7774 SJT. W. TAYLOR. 2/LANC. FUS:
Memorial Plaque, also known as a Widow’s Penny or Death Penny named to: William Taylor. He entered France 22nd August 1914 and therefore qualifies for a 1914 Mons Star Trio. His award is recorded in the London Gazette 11th November 1916. When he was killed the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers were involved in Attacks at the trenches at Riez du Vinage. An account of this action can be read The History of the Lancashire Fusiliers 1914 1918 Volume I, Page 376. William Taylor died 23rd April 1918 aged 37 years. He was the son of Harry William and Margaret Taylor of Tenton Street, Elton, Bury. Husband of Florence Crompton (formerly Taylor) of 21 Worsley St. Tottington, Bury, Lancashire. He is Remembered with Honour at LOOS MEMORIAL.
From the Bury Times April / May 1918.
Sergt, William Taylor.
Mrs, Taylor of Old Hamer’s Farm, Tottington, has received official information that her husband, Sergeant William Taylor (37), Lancashire Fusiliers, has been killed in action in France. He had served 4 years with the colours and as a reservist was called up when war broke out and went to France September 1914.
Among other places in which he had seen service were the West Indies and South Africa where he took part in the Anglo Boer War.
Three times he had been wounded and some few weeks previously had had his last leave after having been in hospital with a poisoned hand.
Last year, for Gallantry in the Field he was awarded the Military Medal. He was formerly employed at the Bury Corporation’s electrical works. His name is on the Roll of Honour at Tottington Parish Church. He married Florence Walsh at Bury May 13th 1907. There is a copy photographs of William with this lot. Comes with a CD of the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers War Diary. Slight edge knocks and the suspender has broken and needs replacing. The Plaque has a drill hole at 12 O’Clock which was normally done by the family for display. Plaque comes in its original waxed box envelope.
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