Private George Edwin Taylor died on 3rd July 1917, serving with the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was born in Knowle in 1880 but had left the village by the age of one, when his parents had moved to Balsall Heath.
George was the fourth of the seven children known to have been born to parents John, a labourer, and Jane (née Westbury) who had married at Wootton Wawen on 25th December 1869. It seems that John died in 1908 and Jane in 1920.
By 1911, George had become a bricklayer’s labourer and was living with his wife, Annie Elizabeth, in Greet, Birmingham. They had been married for nine years, but had no children, although they had living with them in 1911 a four-year-old adopted daughter, Edeth Moor [sic]. Adoption legislation came into force in 1927 so before this date most adoptions would have been informal and would actually have been what we think of as fostering.
George’s service record hasn’t survived but hospital admission records suggest that he enlisted in January 1915 and entered a theatre of war in August the same year. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left thigh whilst serving with “C” Company, 11th (Service) Battalion Royal Warwickshire and was admitted to hospital on 1st August 1916.
He was killed in action on 3rd July 1917 and is buried at Crump Trench British Cemetery, Fampoux, France. He is also commemorated locally in Knowle. Some official records give his middle name as Edward rather than Edwin.
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