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jataylor-mmJames Taylor lived at 3 Joseph Lee Street, Bolton and had joined the Territorial Army in 1913. By trade he worked in the cotton industry as a side piecer at Messrs Crosses & Winkworth at Rose Hill Mill Bolton.

At the outbreak of WWI in August 1914 he was mobilised into the 1/5th bn Loyal North Lancs but due to his young age did not go over to the continent with his battalion. Instead he was transferred into the 2/5th Bn and went to France in February 1917 with them, he was 21yrs old.

He was a Lewis Gunner and had taken part in the Battle of Messines.

He was awarded the Military Medal in action on 19th August 1917 at Armentieres. The enemy had attacked the position and over-run it capturing a Lewis gun. L/Cpl Taylor and others took immediate action to recover the gun and were successful. L/Cpl Taylor was found lying on top of his gun and wounded in the action in the right arm and other places requiring hospitalisation. His right arm had to be amputated two months later and he was later to visit Roehampton Hospital, known as the Human Repair Factory to assist with his recovery and to fit an artificial limb.

The London Gazette of 18th October 1917 featured his award of the MM.

He was presented with his MM at a ceremony at Bolton Town Hall on Saturday 6th April 1918 by the Mayor Alderman Knowles Edge JP.

His names appear on the Rolls of Honour at Victoria Wesleyan Church and Pikes Lane Council School.

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