Harry Taylor

Feb 26, 1896

Born in Madoc, Ontario


Feb 26, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion CEF in Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Number 412312

Ø  Next of kin given as Horace Taylor, father, Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company

The battalion trained in the Belleville, Ontario area


May 25, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville hospital with Scalded Feet


Jun 4, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec



Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and then on to Lydd to continue training


Sep 8, 1915

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeits 23 days pay for an unspecified offence


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling for further training


Nov 30, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 1, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 583 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 13, 1915

After leaving the base depot, Private Taylor joined the 21st Battalion in billets in La Clytte, Belgium


Apr 8, 1916

While the battalion was in the reserve trench near Scottish Wood, Belgium, an enemy artillery barrage opened up and Private Taylor was overcome by Shell Shock and evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.  Because of the serious nature of his condition, he was transported by the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the Australian War Hospital in Wimereux, France


Apr 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Apr 29, 1916

Discharged to the base depot in Boulogne and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


May 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot Harry Taylor rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “B” Camp at La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar refinery south of Courcelette, France, an artillery shell exploded very near Private Taylor and he was buried in the debris of the blast.  After being dug out by his comrades, he was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid.  He was suffering from multiple contusions and shell shock.  He was transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance the same day.


Sep 20, 1916

Transferred to the No. 10 Canadian Field Ambulance for treatment


Sep 28, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance


Sep 30, 1916

Discharged to duty with the base depot


Oct 10, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Fieffes, France


Jun 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 26, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 11, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 27, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 13, 1918

While the battalion was in the front line trench near Mercatel, France, Private Harry Taylor was killed in action.  There are no details given surrounding his death.  He was buried in the nearby Bellacourt Military Cemetery, south west of Arras.



Harry Taylor is also remembered on a grave marker in the Lakeview Cemetery, Madoc, Ontario

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), and Scroll were sent to his Foster Mother, Mrs. Emily L. Taylor, Madoc, Ontario

 There was no Memorial Cross issued


Private Harry Taylor’s memory is also honoured on the
Madoc Ontario War Memorial




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