John TAYLOR
Rank: Private
Number: 23956
Unit: 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Date of Death: 16 September 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

John was the eldest son of Thomas and Jane, 24 Lake Street, Great Moor, Stockport. The 1901 Census shows he then had a 1 year old brother, Thomas, but it is not known if he had other siblings born later.

He enlisted into the Army at Stockport, on 30 March 1916, leaving his job at the Hazel Grove Rubber Co., Bramhall Moor Lane.

On 15 September, John's Battalion attacked in the Battle of Flers - part of the on-going Battle of the Somme. The attack, supported by tanks for the first time in history, was generally successful although it did not gain as much ground as expected. Early on the 16th, the Shropshires were relieved from the front line and withdrew to nearby Montauban where they had eleven hours rest, before returning to the trenches to take over from a battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Orders were then received to prepare to undertake a further attack on the village of Gueudecourt, but this was subsequently cancelled and the Shropshires where themselves relieved from the front line. They marched back to their camp at the village of Maricourt.

John was one of two men who had been killed during the day, most probably by shellfire. He has no known grave.

   
           
   
     
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