Sunday 19 August 2012

Private John George Taylor

Born on 21 July 1871 in Halifax, Nova Scotia – husband of Flora Taylor, Portsmouth, England – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as clerk; married; currently a member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards (one year); previous served with the 2nd Leicester (twelve years) and the Royal Marine Band (thirteen years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 3 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair,

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 22 June 1915 (number 410634) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion in England on 18 July 1916 – died of sickness in England on 12 May 1917 – buried in Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery (grave I.8.68), England.

(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,

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