Pte Taylor was buried in the family grave at Salford (Weaste) Cemetery. The inscription on the headstone states he was a member of the 4th Battalion Pals and died in his 24th year. The 19th (4th City) Battalion, Manchester Regiment fought at the Battle of the Somme.
Last week, I noticed that two of John Taylor's First World War medals were being offered on eBay. I made an offer which was accepted and received the medals through the post. I then decided to visit Weaste Cemetery to find his grave and took the medals with me. This I did and photographed the medals with the grave. He was entitled to three medals for his service. I have his 1914-15 Star and 1914-1919 Victory Medal. His silver British War Medal is missing, often a sign that the family have pawned his medal after falling on hard times. The family would also have received a Next of Kin Memorial Plaque which was issued to the next-of-kin of those who died in the war.