Alec was one of the first to enlist from the Stockport area and survived all the rigours and dangers of four years of war. He died, from pneumonia, the day after the Armistice was signed and the fighting stopped.
His name is wrongly spelt as Alex on the War Memorial, the correct spelling being confirmed by the 1901 Census and military records. He was the second son of Joseph William Taylor and Jane Taylor who, at the time of the Census, were living in Heaton Norris, although they both originated from Bedfordshire. Joseph, then aged 40, was working as a railway engine driver. Jane was aged 38. The family later moved to live at 8 Sussex Road, Cheadle Heath.
As a boy, Alec attended Cheadle Heath Council School. Later he went to work as a clerk in the Cheadle Heath goods warehouse of the Midland Railway Ltd. He volunteered for the army in September 1914 and will have taken part in the major battles of the War. Before he became ill, he was a runner at Battalion Headquarters. At that time, communication on the battlefield still operated with rudimentary technology and there was reliance on orders being delivered to the forward positions by hand. It was dangerous work.
In 1918, there was a world-wide epidemic of influenza which killed millions. This was prior to the invention of modern antibiotics and, for many, when the flu turned to pneumonia, it became fatal. Alec will have been a patient in one of the several military hospitals that operated at Le Treport.