Taylor, William Edward (No. 143626)

Taylor, William Edward (William)

Sapper

No. 143626, 63rd Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers

Killed in action on Friday 13 October 1916 (aged 31)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D)

Holywood and District War Memorial

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church

Ballyrobert Orange Hall (Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1920)

Family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor

BIOGRAPHY

William Edward Taylor was born on 14 June 1885 in Glencraig, Craigavad and he was a son of Samuel and Margaret Taylor (nee Childs) who were married on 1 June 1875 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.

The Taylor family lived in Enfield Cottages, Craigavad.

Samuel Taylor worked as an agricultural labourer and he and Margaret had at least eight children including:

James Childs (born 2 December 1876 in Craigavad)

Margaret (born 9 April 1878 in Ballyrobert; died 14 December 1914 in Iowa, USA)

Isabella Thompson (born 28 October 1879 in Ballyrobert; died 16 February 1958)

Elizabeth Hull (born 19 July 1881 in Ballyrobert)

Charlotte Sarah Thompson (born 29 July 1882 in Craigavad; died 4 March 1967)

Anna Charity (born 17 March 1884 in Craigavad)

William Edward (born 14 June 1885 in Glencraig, Craigavad)

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War William Edward Taylor worked as a carpenter.  He enlisted in Belfast, served with the Corps of Royal Engineers and was killed in action on 13 October 1916; his number was reported as 143026 in the Newtownards Chronicle.

Sapper William Taylor was 31 when he died, he has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Holywood and District War Memorial; in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church; in Ballyrobert Orange Hall (LOL No. 1920) and on the family grave headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.

His mother, Margaret Taylor, died on 25 December 1923 and his father, Samuel Taylor, died on 17 November 1929.