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George William Taylor was born at Arnold in 1898, he was the son of Samuel a stationary engine driver and Elizabeth Taylor née Annibal of Brookfield Cottages, Arnold. His father Samuel was born in 1874 at Arnold, his mother Elizabeth Annibal was born in 1874 also at Arnold, they were married in 1896 their marriage was registered in the Basford registration district, they went on to have 5 children, sadly 1 died in infancy, their surviving children were George William b1899, Alec b1900, Elsie b1902 and Leonard b1904. In the 1911 census the family are living at Brookfield Cottages, Arnold and are shown as Samuel 37 yrs a stationary engine driver in the hosiery trade, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 37 yrs and their children George 12 years of age, a scholar, Alec 11 yrs and a scholar, Elsie 9 yrs of age, Leonard 7 yrs of age. He was latterly an employee of Allen Solly & Company in Arnold.
He was an employee of Allen Solly & Co of Arnold
04 Oct 1917
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Manchester Regiment
Private George William Taylor enlisted into the Army at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, and joined the 22nd battalion Manchester Regiment. The battalion landed at Boulogne in November 1915. In late September 1917, General Sir Herbert Plumer, who commanded the Second Army, was ordered to attack in the south of the Ypres Salient. His aim was to take the high ground to the south of Ypres in a series of short limited battles, all fought on a narrow front supported by a creeping barrage. Three battles took place and were known as – Menin Road (September 20th -25th), Polygon Wood (September 26th) and Broodseinde (October 4th). The ground had begun to dry which was a help and despite the use of mustard gas by the Germans, the step by step approach was successful. Heavy rain again fell but Field Marshal Haig decided to continue the action and by the 9th October, the action was switched once again to the North of Ypres. George was killed in action during the third of the three above mentioned actions and is buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium Plot XI. Row C. Grave 15.
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