Granville TAYLOR
Rank: Private
Number: 32555
Unit: “C” Company, 18th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 20 October 1918
Age: 29
Cemetery: Maurois Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Granville was born in Marple and lived all his life in the village until he enlisted into the army at Buxton.

The 1910 Census records the family living in four rooms at Chadwick Street. 47 year old Joseph worked as an assurance agent and, with his wife Elizabeth, they had had four children - Marian (then 14), Joseph (12), Granville (11) and Gladys (8). They later moved to 35 Church Street

He joined up in October 1915, leaving his job as village postman. He probably went overseas in the October when the 14th Battalion, to which he had been assigned, moved to the Salonika theatre of war in northern Greece and Macedonia, where they faced the Bulgarian Army. As with many soldiers on that front, Granville became ill and was invalided home in 1917. When he had recovered, he was re-assigned to the 18th Battalion and went to France.

On the day Granville died, his Battalion had been in action. On the previous days, they had successfully advanced against German positions although the fighting was described in the regimental history as "very confused". The 20th was quieter day and the fighting seems to have been limited to exchanges of machine gun fire.

However, Granville was not involved with this. Some time before, he had been assigned to the Brigade Headquarters as a despatch rider and was a little way behind the front line at the village of Maurois. He was on his way to draw food from the cookhouse for his comrades when a shell exploded wounding him in the stomach. He received quick attention from the field ambulance but he died before it was possible to evacuate him to a field hospital.

Further information about Granville, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

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