John Taylor, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 8, 1887

Born at Ram Alley, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England


Dec 18, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 725049

Ø      Next of kin given as Charles Taylor, father, of 1 Ram Alley, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later noted as Farm Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp


Oct 1, 1916

He made out a Will leaving his estate to his mother, Mrs Fanny Taylor, 1 Ram Alley, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire England


Aug 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion as part of a draft of 100 Other Ranks


Oct 6, 1916

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


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the trenches at Bully Grenay and assigned to “D” Company


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364

This was during the fighting at Hill 70 August 15 - 18, 1917


Nov 19, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 6, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Dec 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 12, 1918

On parade at Westrehem, he was presented with his Military Medal by Lieut Gen Sir Arthur Currie KCB, KCMG


Mar 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 3, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Aug 28, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to his head and face that fractured his jaw and knocked out 2 teeth 

He was admitted to the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


From Stephen J Nichol’s book, Ordinary Heroes, page 194


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to the No 12 Stationary Hospital at St Pol, then transferred via No 23 AT (Ambulance Train) to Havre


Sep 1, 1918

Embarked the Hospital Ship Newhaven and invalided to England


Admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital at Liverpool 

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


Sep 2, 1918

Transferred to the Mersey Park Military Hospital, Kent, England


Nov 15, 1918

Transferred to the No 11 Canadian General Hospital at Shorncliffe


Nov 22, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Dec 18, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 21, 1919

Admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) 

On his Venereal Disease Card it is recorded that he was exposed to the disease at a licensed house with a prostitute on January 15, 1919


Mar 14, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital and put under a pay stoppage of 50¢ per day while in hospital (53 days) and forfeited his Field Allowance for the same period


Mar 20, 1919

Admitted to the 14th Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with Myalgia


Apr 30, 1919

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Jun 1, 1919

Posted to the EORD while in hospital


Jun 2, 1919

Posted to the #3 Regimental Depot Group at Witley while in hospital


Jul 4, 1919

Transferred to the No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington


Jul 30, 1919

Transferred to the No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Kirkdale


Aug 8, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya at Liverpool and invalided to Canada


TOS No District Depot at Toronto Ontario


Aug 17, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine USA and proceeded to Toronto Ontario and posted to the Hospital Section of Military District #2


Aug 18, 1919

Admitted to the College Military Hospital diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis in addition to his shrapnel wounds


Sep 3, 1919

Transferred to the St Andrews Hospital Toronto


Sep 18, 1919

Transferred to the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital Toronto with Tonsillitis


Dec 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 121288

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 98 Hazelton Ave, Toronto Ontario 

Although he was discharged from the CEF, he continued to receive medical treatment as an outpatient in Toronto under the SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-Establishment) Commission supervision 

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the above address 

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