Edward Hammond TAYLOR
Rank: Sergeant
Number: 419637
Unit: Labour Corps
Date of Death: 20 July 1919
Age: 26 (based on 1901 Census information)
Cemetery: St Thomas Churchyard, Norbury, Hazel Grove, Cheshire

In the final quarter of 1881, Edward Taylor married Lucy F Whyman at St Mary's Church, Stockport. They had seven children together, but Lucy died in 1896, aged just 36. Four years later, Edward remarried at St Mary's to Elizabeth Hough, a woman 12 years younger than himself. When the 1901 census was taken the family was living at 21 Chester Road, Hazel Grove (later moving to 13 Oxford Street). Elizabeth had given birth to a daughter - Millie aged just five months.

When War was declared in August 1914, Edward, junior, enlisted into the army joining the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). His service number, 10877, is quite low suggesting he enlisted fairly soon after hostilities broke out. At some point, he was transferred to the Labour Corps.  This transfer is noted on his medal entitlement records at the National Archives, confirming that it took place whilst he was overseas on active service. Such transfers normally took place when a man's health meant that he was no longer suitable for active service in the front line trenches but could still perform useful work. The Corps provided labourers who were involved in activities such as road-building or the digging of graves. As such, they were often fairly near to the front line and in range of enemy artillery and many of the Corps' soldiers were killed or injured in this way.

Edward is understood to have been wounded and, in due course, was evacuated to the UK where he died in hospital in Sheffield.

Further information about Edward can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton. At the time of writing, Mr Eaton would not have access to information now available on the internet. The new information allows a fuller story to be told of Edward's family background and, in particular, his military service.

   
           
   
     
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