Edward Thomas Taylor

Jun 27, 1886

Born in London, England


Jun 9, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion CEF in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Ø  Number 405646

Ø  Next of kin given as John Taylor, father, 115 Wykeham Road, Reading, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Shedman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 48th Highlanders Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 20, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Taylor joined the 21st Battalion in the J Camp, near Reningelst, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was assigned the objective of capturing the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France.  This was a strongly defended headquarters for the Germans and the fighting was fierce.  The battalion suffered many casualties and Private Edward Thomas Taylor was first reported missing in action, but was later to have been determined that he was killed in that action.  His identifiable body was never recovered from the battle field and as such, his name is recorded on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war and have no known grave.


Following the war, the British War Medal (below), Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, John Taylor, 115 Wykeham Rd., Reading, England

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, at the same address

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