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John Yates Taylor


John Yates Taylor was born on July 8, 1896, in Belthorn, Lancashire. His father, John (aged 27) was an Insurance Agent and his mother was Jane (aged 26). He was baptised on August 2, 1896 at Immanuel Church, in Oswaldtwistle. John had one brother, Richard Henry Eccles (aged four). Richard became a Schoolmaster before joining the forces and died in 1983 (aged 91).

Early Life

By 1901, the family had moved to 398 Bolton Road, in Blackburn. John’s father was an Assistant Superintendent with the Prudential Assurance Company, which involved the family moving a number of times. By the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living in Hindley, near Wigan, and John went to school at Wigan Grammar School. He also had a younger sister, Amy, who was seven years old.

Chester College

John attended Chester College in 1915 and left the following year. His mother had recently passed away in January 1916 (aged 46).

Military Service

John joined the East Lancashire Regiment after training at the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps, and was soon transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, where he became a Lieutenant.

Lest We Forget

John was killed in action on July 6, 1917, in France. He was 21 years old.  His plane was attacked by 5 Enemy Aircraft and brought down in flames on offensive patrol. At first, he was reported as missing with his co-pilot Lt G Mutch, but later confirmed as killed in action.

Post Mortem

John was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to the King and Country. He is buried at Hooge Crater, in Belgium.