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Lieutenant Thomas Taylor

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Thomas George Taylor

Ancestor's date of birth: 02/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 05/07/1917

Cause of Death: Died of Gunshot wounds received in action in France during WW1

Service Number: 96 (BH), 724 (2 NSWMR)

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Bungendore

Units: Brabants Horse, D Squadron 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles, 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: LT, Date Effective: 05/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 12/05/1917

Murray Page: 108, 121, 147

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa to serve with Brabant's Horse

Ship: Custodian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901

Memorial details: Buried I. R. 35 in Trois-Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck France (near the Belgian border). Also listed on the Bungendore War Memorial, and at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa with six clasps. Distinguished Condict Medal, Mentioned in Despatches. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A farmer, Brother to Owen Taylor. Height 162 cm, weight 57 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: George Taylor enlisted as a trooper in Brabants Horse on 17 November 1899 where he trained in the Queenstown-Dordrecht district. First deployed clearing the north of Cape Colony in February 1900. He then served in the Free State and Transvaal. Discharged at Elandsfontein on 15 September 1900, he returned to Australia. Once home he enlisted with 2 NSWMR as a sergeant, the NSWMF were seeking to use experienced soldiers. When he arrived in South Africa he was soon promoted to Squadron Sergeant Major, D Squadron. When the NSWIB were assembled near Klerksdorp from various drafts, they need experienced drafts. SSM Taylor was commissioned. He saw service in various parts of the Transvaal in the final year of the war.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Emma Jane, and lived at Willsoona, Indooroopilly QLD. Enlisted in the AIF on 17 December 1915 D Company, 41 Battalion. Commissioned 2LT 6 September 1916 after training in England. Served in France where he was promoted Lieutenant, 12 May 1917. Wounded in action 2 July 1917. Died at the second Casualty Clearing Station on 5 July 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Shirley Denyer, Penhurst NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: He was my husband's uncle

 


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