George Taylor

Oct 11, 1882

Born in Kent County, England


Feb 28, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Tweed, Ontario

Ø  Number 636728

Ø  Next of kin given as Arthur Taylor, Cousin, Chatham Parish, Salvation Army

Ø  Previous occupation given as Salvation Army Captain

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Salvation Army

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Jun 27, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 19, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 29, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Feb 22, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Taylor joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support trenches


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack and capture of Vimy Ridge, Private Taylor was first reported missing in action but was later located and discovered to have received a gun shot wound to his right leg and foot.  It is not recorded in the service file where he was first treated


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 17, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


 On arrival in England he was admitted to the 5th Northern General Hospital in Leicester

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 23, 1917

His wound became severely infect and some of the toes on his right foot had to be amputated


May 6, 1917

Placed on the seriously ill list


May 27, 1917

Surgery was performed at 10.00 AM to amputate his right leg above the knee because of severe infection.

At 10.30 PM, Private George Taylor died of shock and was buried in the Welford Road Cemetery, Leicestershire, England



Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his wife Mrs. May Campbell (she had remarried), 5 Riddolls Ave., Brantford, Ontario



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of George Taylor  being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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