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31277: Pte Benjamin Robert Taylor

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posted on 2024-01-18, 10:42 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

Benjamin Robert Taylor was a great uncle on my mother's side. He was born on July 24 1899 at Beauvale, Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire, England. He was the son of Zachariah and Millicent Taylor. Zachariah Taylor married Millicent Clarke on December 8 1879. His siblings were: Ernest Taylor born March 13 1881, George Taylor born June 6 1882, Arthur Taylor born October 16 1885, Alice Taylor born February 28 1887 and Percy Taylor born November 29 1891.

He died on 14 May 1918. He is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France. The inscription on his gravestone reads "HIS HEART TO HIS HOME HIS LIFE TO HIS COUNTRY HIS SOUL TO GOD".

From Benjamin's diary we learn that on 17 April 1918 he was transferred into 8th Lincolns and on 27 April left Carlisle for the Front.

History

Name of contributor(s)

Roger Crooks

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Benjamin Robert Taylor. Private, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

14/05/1918

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France.

Object(s)

1. Soldier's Pay Book. 2 images. 2. Letter and form from British Association Ypres Salient Belgium regarding the laying of a wreath on the grave of Benjamin Taylor. 2 images. 3. The Kaiser's Dream - printed. 1 image. 4. Photographs of the grave of Benjamin Taylor. 4 images. 5. Photographs of Benjamin Taylor. 1 image. 6. Photographs of Taylor brothers. 1 image. 7. Plaque for Benjamin Robert Taylor (deal man's penny). 1 image. 8. Letter dated 15.5.18 from C F Newall, Chaplain, regarding the death and funeral of Benjamin Taylor. 2 images. 9. Details of the Taylor family. 2 images. 10. Letter dated 14.5.18 from M. Phillyss, Sister, 56 Casualty Clearing Station to Mrs Taylor saying that her son died that morning. 2 images. 11. Photograph of graveyard including grave of Benjamin Taylor. 1 image. 12. Letter dated 16.5.18 to Mrs Taylor from a chaplain saying that Benjamin Taylor had been injured. 1 image. 13. Commemorative Scroll for Benjamin Robert Taylor. 1 image. 14. Memorial Card for Benjamin Robert Taylor. 2 images. 15. Some notes about letters etc. 1 image. 16. Letters from Benjamin Robert Taylor to Horatio sent from Rugeley Camp, Staffs. 11 images. 17. Benjamin Taylor's bible and another bible. 4 images. 18. Diary of Benjamin Taylor, which starts in January 1918. 12 images.

Community Collection Day

Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen (27/02/19)

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