Biography of Joseph Parker Taylor (15019)
7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 26th September 1915


  • Name: Joseph Parker Taylor (Registered Joseph Dowes)
  • Date of birth: 13th June 1893
  • Place of Birth: Morton nr Eastgate, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1893
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: Joseph Parker Taylor (Step Father)
  • DOB: 1870
  • Place of Birth: Morton nr Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farm labourer


  • Name: Emma Downs
  • DOB: 1871
  • Place Of Birth: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1896 Bourne Distrist

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Joseph Parker Taylor, 1893, Morton
  • John Taylor, 1896, Morton
  • Lily Taylor, 1899, Morton
  • Annie Marie Taylor, 1900, Morton
  • Harriett Taylor, 1902, Morton
  • Skeath Taylor, 1905, Morton
  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1908, Morton
  • Gladys Emma Taylor, 1910, Morton (died 1910)


  • 1901: Joseph is living with his parents in Morton nr Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Joseph is living with the Cool family in Morton Fen, Morton nr Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 18 and he is listed as a second waggoner on farm.

Relatives in services


  • No marriage for Joseph has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal – 23rd January 1915
    For King and Country – On Friday week, five more Morton youths joined the Army – Herbert Edward Leverington, Thomas Fowler, William Hubbard, Joseph Taylor, Jack Taylor. Six presented themselves but unfortunately, Foster Handford was rejected owing to a very slight foot trouble. This was a great disappointment to Foster who already has two brothers in Kitchener’s Army. Morton people might well be proud of these young men who have so nobly answered to the call of duty. We also understand that Mr. George Parker, youngest grandson of Mrs. Parker, who lately resided at Hanthorpe House, has joined the Public School Corps and will leave shortly for the front


  • Grantham Journal 11th December 1915
    Sad news has been received at Morton within the past few days that two of her gallant youths have laid down their lives for their country. In a previous issue, we reported that a letter had been received from Pte C Ashton, who is in France, to the effect that he was afraid that his brother Arthur had been shot by a German sniper. Upon inquiry at the War Office, the news has been officially proved to be only too true. The Parents of Thomas Fowler received a communication last week stating that their son was killed by a gunshot wound in the shoulder. He was drafted with a Mediterranean Force and death took place at Sulva on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Real heart-felt sympathy is felt for the bereaved families. Our toll of the war is now seven and we share the unenviable distinction of figuring most conspicuously in the casualty lists which concern the villages in the Bourne district. On Sunday evening last, the Parish Church was packed with parishioners who came to pay their last tributes to the three brave lads – Arthur Ashton, Thomas Fowler, Joseph Taylor (who was recently killed by a trench mortar in France). The Vicar, the Rev J.H. Boldero, read the burial service only omitting the committal portion. The lesson for the day was singularly appropriate vis., St John xiv. “Let not your heart be troubled, ”which was read by the schoolmaster, Mr. J.W. Palmer. In the course of the sermon, the vicar made a touching reference to the three lads, mentioning that they were all members of the church, and had all been in the church choir, and how, when far away, their last thoughts had been of home and the old church. The rev. gentleman spoke words of great comfort to the bereaved. The sadness was on all; the congregation mourned with the parents of the dead soldiers. At the close of the service, the National Anthem was sung, and the “Dead March” in “Saul” was played by the organist (Miss Betson). It was a beautiful service, and one that will long be remembered and the vicar’s words were most uplifting.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private Joseph Taylor, 15019, 7th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 26th September 1915 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

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Effects Left To

  • Father Joseph


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal
  • The 15 Star


  • UK:
  • Morton, Roll of Honour in St John the Baptist Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Private Joseph Taylor, 15019, 7th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 26 September 1915
  • Brother of Mr. S. Taylor, of Frank’s Yard, Morton, Bourne, Lincs.
  • Remembered with honour, Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3
  • Grave X. A. 11

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