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Harry Taylor

Rank: Gunner

Lifetime: 1889-1917

Reference: L/5140


War Memorial at St Peter's, Norbiton, on which Gunner Harry Taylor is commemorated

The Hampton Wick Roll of Honour helps to identify him as Gunner Harry Taylor (L/5140) of D Battery of the 21st Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery who died on 5 July 1917.

He was the son of William Taylor of Hampton Wick and the husband of Mary Taylor, of 40 Hampden Road, Norbiton. His grave is at Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sains-En-Gohelle, France. He is also commemorated on the War Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Norbiton.

In addition, references to the enterprising Taylor family in Hampton Wick abound. An obituary of local magnate and dignitary A. W. Bullen states that he took over the role of parish surveyor in 1914 as a P. Taylor (the previous incumbent) was away at the front during the Great War. A William Taylor had various businesses in Hampton Wick including a draper’s shop in 1910 at 57 High Street and a furniture dealership in 1914 at 47 High Street. Ada Taylor, was landlady of the Rose and Crown Public House during the war years (from 1915 until 1919). By 1920, a Charles George Taylor was a fruiterer at 81 High Street. Henry Taylor, a retired boot maker, lived at 26 High Street and was said to be a semi-recluse.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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