Saturday 20 April 2013

Acting-Sergeant George Taylor

Born on 2 December 1889 in Glemsford, Suffolk, England - brother of Mrs. Helen Nellie Skemer, Ottawa West, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as plumber; single; currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards ("D" Company, three years); Wesleyan; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 38 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; auburn hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 April 1915 (number 410413) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of A/Sgt Taylor's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

1 comment:

Sue Yannakopoulos said...

George Taylor was my great uncle. His sister was Ellen not Helen. Have been researching the Skemer family in Ottawa. So pleased to have found this information, just wish I had a photo of George.