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William Taylor (29.12.16)William Taylor was born in Wolverhampton in about 1879. He was the son of Mrs Sarah Annie Taylor of 10 Cannock Road, Wolverhampton and was the husband of Mary Taylor, of 57 Hopkins Street, Bolton.

William enlisted into the Army at Bolton and was posted into the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 17993. He sailed to France on 24th September 1915 which was a couple of weeks later than the majority of the Battalion.

The 8th Battalion were in the 7th Brigade. Private William Taylor was killed on the Somme on 10th July 1916 when the 7th and 74th Brigades were ordered to attack northwards towards Ovillers.

The Battalion War Diary –10th July 1916

About 1 p.m. orders were received to occupy several points in the enemy line running across our front and joining our trenches on the right. At 2.30 p.m. an advance was made from our block and a heavy hostile barrage was opened on the trench, but in spite of very large casualties we reached Point 25, where we were held up by enemy bombing parties, and heavy shelling and bombing continued for about two hours without any gain on either side.

The enemy then tried to outflank us, both on right and left, moving across the open, but was driven off and the night passed quietly, a block being established just short of Point 25. A detached post under Sergeant Holmes of `C` Company on the left of our line held its ground all day, although it experienced many casualties and no supports could reach it. The post was relieved during the night of the 10th-11th.

It is believed that at one time the Battalion was opposed by no fewer than three Prussian battalions. Desultory shell fire was continued until the Battalion was relieved in the front line on the evening of the 11th, moving back into dug-outs in La Boiselle.

The Battalion casualties had been very heavy with a total of 247 men either killed, wounded or missing.

William’s next of kin were sent his 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal; and would also have received the Memorial Plaque & Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Unfortunately his service papers have not been located.

Rank: Private
Service No: 17993
Date of Death: 10/07/1916
Age: 37
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 8th Bn.
Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

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One Response to 17993 PTE. W. TAYLOR. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Thank you to Mark Addis for sending through the photo of Private William Taylor, July 2016.

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