Sunday, 27 July 2014

Weaste War Grave

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commision register, Private John Reginald Taylor died 08 August 1916 from wounds received in France on 22 July 1916 aged 23. A member of A Coy, 19th Manchester Regiment, he was the son of Albert and Annie Taylor of 18 Ashwell Street, Seedley, Manchester.

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, 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 Great War.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That you took the time and effort to do this for someone you don't even know is awesome. Love your blog.

Welcome to the Graveyard Detective

An illustrated look at the World of Graveyards and Cemeteries. There are many Stories behind the Stones that Stand in them. Who knows what we might find?


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...