John Taylor was the son of John and Elizabeth Taylor of 89 Stourbridge Road, Halesowen. He volunteered for the Worcesters and probably served first in one of the Territorial battalions. He transferred to the 2nd Battalion which had been on the Western Front since 1914. In September 1917 the battalion entered the trenches for the third phase of the Third Battle of Ypres. The Worcesters advanced at dawn on the 26th September along the Menin Road. It was an extremely hard fought battle. Important gains were made but with many casualties. Among the severely wounded was Private John Taylor who was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station near Ypres where he died on the 30th September. He was 32 years of age and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (XXV G 4) and commemorated on the Halesowen Memorial.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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