Friday, 12 July 2019

Beechwood Cemetery CWGC: John Taylor (1877 - 1919)

Private John Taylor (219492) was another of the British-born who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Born in Reading, Berkshire on 19 March 1877, the second son of William a hairdresser and Sarah, he had 12 years experience including serving in South Africa before emigrating to Canada.

Enlisting at Picton with the 80th Overseas Battalion in May 1915, a time when a married man needed his wife's consent, he went to England in August but was discharged in May 1917 as physically unfit. He was able to reenlist in November 1917 serving with the Canadian Army Corps of Military Staff Clerks. He died on 12 July of enteritis/influenza leaving his wife Edith a son and a daughter.

His grave is at Beechwood Cemetery in Section 29, Lot 15. S.W.

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