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Thomas Taylor was born in Bolton in around 1889. He was the son of Edwin and Betsey Taylor, of Tong Moor Road, Bolton,; and husband of Gertrude Taylor, of 22, Southern Street, Bolton. Thomas was the second youngest of five brothers; Edwin (b. c1880), Robert (b. c1882), John (b. c1884), Thomas and Ashworth (b. c1892).

At the time of the 1901 census the family were living at 4 Garden Street, Bolton.

When War broke out Thomas enlisted with the Territorial Army Bolton and joined the 1/5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 7538.

Thomas sailed to France to join the Battalion in the field sometime after January 1916, the majority of the men had been there since May 1915.

Thomas Taylor died of wounds following actions on the Somme in August that year; he probably sustained these wounds on 8th – 9th August 1916 in the vicinity of Guillemont.

Battle of the Somme, 8 – 9th August 1916.

The objective of the Brigade between 8 -9th August was two fold; to attack the German front line, and in doing so capture the village of Guillemont. The attack was initially delayed due to extreme congestion in the assembly trenches, and once underway at 05:25 am it quickly fell apart. The Company on the right flank was suffering badly from intense machine-gun fire, holding them up and causing a great number of casualties. The men were unable to reach the German trenches and eventually the attack was halted. The Brigade was withdrawn to their original line.

On 10th August they withdrew even further back, on the 15th withdrew to Meaulte and on the 19th moved by train/marching to Acheux.

As a result of the failed attack on 8-9th August the Battalion had four officers and 29 other ranks killed and a further two officers and 83 other ranks wounded. 20 more men were reported to be missing.

Private Thomas Taylor was buried in the Forceville Communal Cemetery, plot 3, row b, grave 5.

Rank: Private
Service No: 7538
Date of Death: 27/08/1916
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

Unfortunately his service papers have not been located.

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One Response to 7538 PTE. T. TAYLOR. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Alan Bird says:

    Thomas Taylor was born 13 April 1888 at 29 William St. Tonge with Haigh, Bolton he was the only son of Edwin Taylor & Betty {Betsey)Taylor nee Chapman. He married
    Gertrude Griffiths on 28 June 1913 at St. Johns, Bolton. They had one son Thomas Taylor (my late wifes father)born 10 April 1915 d. 2005. Thomas senior was critically injured at the Somme and died 27 Aug 1916 – his headstone at Forceville cemetry states he was the only son. Thomas junior was a pow during WW2 – East Lancs Reg. I have all the necessary certificates to confirm this.
    I am quite positive he had no siblings – Gertrude remarried and became Gertrude Ellis.
    Regards Alan Bird

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