Project Description

WILFRED JACKSON TAYLOR 1886–1921

RGA

Born 19th April 1886 in Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln

Baptised 30th May 1886 Thorpe on the Hill Parish Church

Married 1913 to Eliza Bradshaw; children Herbert Francis born 1913 and Edna Mary born 1915. Herbert died 2nd May 1919 from tuberculosis. He was 6 years old.

Died 2nd July 1921, aged 35

Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery and remembered on Saxondale War Memorial.

1891 Census

Living in Thorpe on the Hill, Lincoln. Father Francis, age 51, farm labourer, mother Mary, age 47. Four siblings: John 22, Emily 14, Francis 12 and Joseph 10.

1901 Census

Mother now a widow. Wilfred living with her, age 14, working as a farm boy. No other siblings in household.

1911 Census
Working as an attendant at Notts. County Asylum. Eliza Bradshaw, kitchen maid at the asylum, married Wilfred in Mansfield March 1913.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 64006

Military Unit: 33rd Company, Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Attested 27.10.15. Address, 8 Asylum Cottages, Henson Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

5.11.15: Posted

1.2.17: Will written

23.8.17: Admitted to Australian General Hospital, Rouen.  Illness – pyrexia of unknown origin. P.U.O. referred to a prolonged fever with unknown cause. Next of kin were informed, indicating he was dangerously ill.

27.8.17: Transferred to General hospital, Portsmouth

18.9.18: Discharged. Character ‘very good’. Granted a weekly pension of 27s 6d from 19.9.1918

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory, Silver War Badge. Wife Eliza acknowledged receipt of campaign medals 20.8.1921.

Other information

Wilfred Taylor worked at Notts. County asylum for at least five years before enlisting. He was in France during the war but no details of his service are given on his military record. He died on 2nd July 1921 at Cropwell Butler. His wife Eliza was present at the death which was certified by Dr Cope. The death was registered on 7th July. His occupation is given as ‘late attendant at Mental Hospital’. His death certificate states that he died of trench fever and tuberculosis. Eliza had been present at the death of their son on 2nd May 1919, also from tuberculosis. Wilfred was buried in Radcliffe on Trent and has a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.  Epitaph: ‘Some day we’ll understand’.

His name is on Saxondale Memorial (a late addition below Voce) but not on Radcliffe on Trent Memorial.

By 1939 Eliza and her daughter Edna were living in Mansfield. Edna married William Mallinder. Eliza died 1978, she had never remarried.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent.

Taylor gravesone

Radcliffe on Trent Cemetery