William Sherburn Taylor MM



Jan 4, 1893

Born at Yorkshire England


Jan 20, 1915

Attested at St Thomas Ontario into the 33rd Battalion 

Ø      Number 400596 – Note: 5 days earlier, on Jan 15 this same number was given to Pte GR Ambrose who was attested in London Ontario – the number 124574 is recorded, then crossed out, on the attestation papers posted online, (but not on the copy in his file) as well as being recorded on 2 different medical reports. – there is also 1 hospital card and 2 pay sheets that have his number recorded as 400956, but then crossed out and changed to 400596 – There are 3 soldiers with the number 400956, but none share his last name.

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr Sam Taylor (father) of Rotherham Yorkshire England

Ø      Occupation given as “Farmer” (occupation was later stated to be a “Locomotive Fireman”

Ø      No previous military experience noted

Ø      Religion given as “Church of England”


Dec 6, 1915

Transferred to 70th Battalion and Admitted to hospital with meningitis


Dec 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 21, 1915

Promoted to Corporal


Jan 20, 1916

Promoted to Sargeant


Apr 26, 1916

Embarked SS Lapland at Halifax  



May 1, 1916

Pay assignment of $25 per month made out to Mrs S. Taylor (mother) of 87 Slough Bank, Masborough, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England 

Ø      Pay sheet notes that he is in “A” Company


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool – appointed provisional Sargeant at Shorncliffe


Jun 8, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, with a hernia – operated on


Jun 27, 1916

Transferred to Shorncliffe Military Hospital


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to 39th Battalion at West Sandling


Sep 11, 1916

Quarantined for diphtheria


Sep 27, 1916

Quarantine lifted


Sep 29, 1916

Discharged, fit for duty


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 8, 1917

An X-Ray taken proved to be of no value and ordered retaken after a Barium meal


Jan 11, 1917

Admitted Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, with a hernia – repaired – in Ward VI, bed 11.


Jan 20, 1917

Awarded Good Conduct Badge


Feb 27, 1917

Transferred to Woodcote Park Hospital, Epsom


Apr 16, 1917



Apr 30, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


May 3, 1917

Drafted to the 21st Battalion


May 4, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Details) at Seaford and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


May 7, 1917

Left to join unit in the field


May 31, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Jun 23,1917

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Nov 7, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal


Nov 15, 1917

Appointed Acting Sargeant with pay


Jan 12, 1918

Severely reprimanded for “Disobedience School Orders by being in a house which was placed out of bounds.


Feb 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sargeant


Feb 5, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 21, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 28, 1918

Missing after action and believed to be taken prisoner and SOS (Struck Off Strength) accordingly


May 8, 1918

Now reported to be at Limburg “A”


May 21, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal – London Gazette #30652, dated April 25, 1918 


Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  In connection with a raid on the enemy trenches.  This NCO advanced to the final objective.  Two of his party were wounded.  He carried them back to the first objective.  He then returned to the fight and bombed several dugouts inflicting casualties.  On the signal being given to return he noticed one of the wounded men, he returned and carried him safely to our lines through a heavy hostile barrage

AFW 3121 7-3-18


Sep 9, 1918

Now reported to be at Meschede


Oct 5, 1918

Now reported to be at Giessen, Hessen


Dec 10, 1918

Repatriated POW and arrived at Ripon


Feb 14, 1919

Posted to EORD at Seaford


Feb 15, 1919

SOS EORD and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 3, 1919

Medical board report 

Ø      Former occupation given as “Fireman”

Ø      Original wound stated as “lacerating wounds right thigh”

Ø      Date of origin given as April 28th 1918

Ø      Complains of pain in right knee on walking

Ø      4 large scars noted on posterior of knee joint that are healed and not tender

Ø      complains that after he has been sitting down for some time his leg “jumps”

Ø      when wounded and taken prisoner no dressings were put on leg for three days

Ø      after surgery his wounds were cauterized and iodine put on

Ø      his wound abscessed while in hospital in Germany

Ø      he developed a hernia in 1916 and had a recurrence in 1917

Ø      disability expected to last for 6 months


Mar 22, 1919

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on transfer to MD Wing No 1, Kimmel Park, Rhyl


Apr 3, 1919

SOS to CEF in Canada and Embarked the SS Lapland at Liverpool  



Apr 10, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax


Apr 13, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” number 259702 issued

Ø      Address on discharge given as 453 Princess Street, London Ontario


May 3, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Portsmouth Ontario


Jun 10, 1966

Wife reported his death – cause and place of death was not reported – wife’s address was 32 Forsythe St., Fort Erie Ontario 


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