Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor was born in Bolton on 1 July 1889.

He was the son of Henry and Ann Taylor of 13 Roseberry Street, Daubhill.

His Father, Henry Taylor, was a House Painter who had died by 1911.

Harry attended Bolton Church Institute from 10 September 1901.

All his elder brothers and sisters worked in cotton mills. Harry trained as a teacher at Westminster College, London.

He appears on the 1911 Census as an assistant schoolmaster employed by Lancashire County Council.

Harry married Mary E Horrocks at Westhoughton Congregationalist Chapel in 1915.

Their only son, Harry H D Taylor was born in 1916.

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Harry's War

Harry enlisted as Private 6350 in the 19th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Public Schools) in February 1915. He arrived in France on 14 November that year with the 33rd Division, which contained many similar battalions of “Pals”, public schoolboys and sportsmen.

The battalion returned to England in April 1916 and many of the men were commissioned as officers. Harry himself became a lieutenant in the 26th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment on 6 July 1916 and went back to France later in the year. He was killed on 12 October 1916, while attached to the 18th Battalion, part of the 90th Brigade and the 30th Division. His death came during the unsuccessful assault on German trench lines in front of Le Transloy, part of the long Battle of the Somme.

Harry's name appears on Westhoughton War Memorial.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
10 November 1916


Official intimation has been received by Mrs. Taylor, of 46, Bolton-rd., Westhoughton, that her husband, Second-Lieut. HY. TAYLOR, was killed in action on Oct. 12th. Second-Lieut. Taylor was 26 years of age. He joined the Royal Fusiliers in February, 1915, and was sent to France in October of the same year. He came back to England in April last, and obtained his commission two months ago, when he was posted to the Manchesters, with whom he recently went to France, and must have been killed the first day he went into the firing trenches. Previous to enlisting the young officer was a teacher at Cadishead Council School. He received his scholastic training at Westminster College, London, and when in Westhoughton attended the Congregational Church. He leaves a wife and one child.


Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor

2nd Lieutenant

26th Battalion attached to 18th Bn
Manchester Regiment

Born: Bolton 1 July 1889

Died: France 12 October 1916

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