Joseph Taylor was born in Cradley and was the son of Mr D Taylor of 42 Windmill Lane, Two Gates, Cradley. He was called up to the Training Reserve in 1917 and was sent to the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, probably in the Spring of 1918. The battalion returned to the Western Front from Italy in April 1918 only to be sent immediately into the April Battle of the Lys. The enemy attack was held only with great losses and the battalion went into the reserve for re-training. Four months later they took part in the Advance to Victory, fighting over the old Somme battle-field at Bapaume. In September they faced the Hindenburg Line and on the 29th September fought their way across the Canal du Nord to a glorious victory. Private Joseph Taylor, however, was one of those killed in action on this day and is buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich (IV A 18) and commemorated on the Blackheath, Cradley and Halesowen Memorials.
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