Taylor, Samuel Irwin (No. 195102)

Taylor, Samuel Irwin (Irwin)

Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)

No. 195102, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Monday 19 February 1945 (aged 26)

Buried:

Udine War Cemetery, Italy (Collective Grave 1. C 3-5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Comber and District War Memorial (as LAC Irwin Taylor)

Second Comber Presbyterian Church (as Pilot Officer Irwin Taylor)

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel Irwin Taylor was born on 24 July 1918 in Crumlin, Co Antrim, and he was a son of William John and Elizabeth Taylor (nee Templeton) who were married on 7 February 1912 in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, Newtownabbey.  William John Taylor, a National School Teacher from Bellaghy, Co Londonderry, was a son of William Taylor, a farmer.  Elizabeth Templeton from Jordanstown, Co Antrim, was a daughter of John Templeton, a farmer.

William John and Elizabeth Taylor (nee Templeton) had at least six children:

Mary Templeton (born 14 November 1912 in Ballytromery, Crumlin)

Robert Stanley (born 14 May 1915 in Ballytromery, Crumlin)

Bertha Pricilla (born 4 August 1916 in Ballytromery, Crumlin)

Samuel Irwin (born 24 July 1918 in Ballytromery, Crumlin)

Gertrude Elizabeth (born 10 August 1920 in Ballytromery, Crumlin)

The Taylor family lived at Ashleigh, Comber, and at 141 Orby Drive, Belfast.

Samuel Irwin Taylor attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1931 until 1936 and during that time the Taylor family lived in Comber.  During the Second World War Irwin Taylor served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and on 19 February 1945 he was reported missing in action.  Later it was officially confirmed that he had been killed and he was buried in Udine War Cemetery, Italy.

Pilot Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Samuel Irwin Taylor (No. 195102) was 26 when he died, and he is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial (as LAC Irwin Taylor) and in Second Comber Presbyterian Church (as Pilot Officer Irwin Taylor).

There is evidence that Flight Lieutenant J. W. Robb DFC survived the crash and that Wing Commander Ronald Roumieu Thomson DFC (aged 30) of Kelso, Roxburghshire together with Pilot Officer James Spalding Cameron (aged 32) of Kelday Castle, Yorkshire were killed.