Taylor, William Henry (No. 4395)

Taylor, William Henry

Leading Stoker

No. 4395, HMAS Penguin, Royal Australian Navy

Died of disease on Sunday 30 December 1917 (aged 23)


Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney, Australia (Grave C.E. 4. 376)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Australian War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 619)

McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour


William Henry Taylor was born on 21 March 1894 in the townland of Ballyvester, Donaghadee and he was a son of William Brown Taylor and Eliza Ann Taylor (nee Waugh) who were married on 2 December 1891 in Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church.  William Brown Taylor, a farmer from Ballyvester, was a son of James Taylor, a farmer.  Eliza Ann Waugh from Ballyvester was a daughter of Henry Waugh, a farmer.

William Brown Taylor worked as a farmer/farm labourer and he and Eliza Ann had eight children:

Mary (born 4 May 1892 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee; her surname was registered as Brown)

William Henry (born 21 March 1894 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee)

James Edward (born 17 February 1896 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee)

Emily Teresa (born 21 February 1898 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee)

Sidney (born 15 June 1900 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee)

Robert Aicken, sometimes Archer, (born 25 March 1903 in Ballyvester, Donaghadee)

Beatrice Matilda (born 14 July 1905 in Killaughey Street, Donaghadee; died of debility teething 25 April 1906 in Edward Street, Donaghadee)

Victor (born 8 September 1907 in Edward Street, Donaghadee)

Their mother, Eliza Ann, died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 30 December 1911 (aged 44).

William Henry Taylor went to Australia in March 1913 and during the Great War he served with the Royal Australian Navy.  He joined on 6 September 1914.  It was noted in his service papers that he was 5 feet 10 inches tall with fair hair, light blue eyes, and a fresh complexion.  He had no marks, wounds, or scars.

Leading Stoker William Henry Taylor (No. 4395) was 23 when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 30 December 1917 and he was buried in Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney, Australia

Leading Stoker William Henry Taylor (No. 4395) is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial; in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 619) and on the Roll of Honour in McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

William Henry Taylor’s father, William Brown Taylor, died of stomach cancer (following an operation in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast) on 24 November 1939 (aged 68).  He had been working as a foreman platelayer and living at 114 Parkgate Avenue, Belfast.