Today we remember Morton man John Taylor. Killed this day, 23rd October 100 years ago in 1916.
John was born in 1896 and was the second of 8 children born to Joseph Parker Taylor and his wife Emma Downs.
By 1911 Emma had passed away leaving Joseph to bring up the children.
By 1915 brother Joseph had joined the army and was killed in September 1915 fighting with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.
John also joined the army although records would suggest that he did not see overseas service until 1916 which could indicted that he joined after the death of his brother.
In 1916 John saw action with the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire regiment on the first day of the battle of the Somme. This day saw such divisional losses that they Battalion was withdrawn from the line and John spent the rest of the summer with his Battalion around the Loos area.
By mid October the Battalion had engrained for the Somme again arriving to a very wet, muddy and winter trench system. They entered the front line on the 19th October in advance of a planned attack on the 23rd October.
This attack would see the first wave of the Battalion being mown down, almost to a man, by rapid rifle and machine gun fire. Part of the brigade did succeed in taking 200 yards of enemy trench whilst under very intense raffle and machine gun fire. The main part of the were withdrawn after only a few hours but some part that had made the trench were still there some time later.
John Taylor was lost during this action that cost the Battalion 13 officers (out of 16) and 272 men out of 470.
Private John Taylor, 1943, Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 23rd October 1916 is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on Pier 1 face C.
John and his brother Joseph are both honoured on the Morton Memorial.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Haconby man Robert Wilson Wyer who made the ultimate sacrifice on the 3rd July 1916.
Robert grew up in Haconby, the son of a farm labourer and moved to Oldham by 1911 living with his uncle and working as a labourer there.
He, like so many of Haconby’s young men enlisted and joined the 7th battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.
Robert was killed in action on the 3rd July 1916 giving his ultimate sacrifice in the first days of the battle of the Somme.
Robert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme and on the Haconby war memorial.
Lest we forget
Today, 26th September, we have been remembering Joseph Parker Taylor who died this day in 1915.
Joseph was born in Morton in 1896 to Joseph and Emma Taylor and was one of 8 children of which only 6 had survived by 1911.
Joseph’s Mother, Emma Taylor, died in 1910 and by 1911 Joseph was working as a 2nd Wagoner on a farm and living with farm foreman, Arthur Cook.
Enlisting in the Army, Joseph joined the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment who were shipped to France in July 1915.
By mid August the battalion had first seen action in the heavy fighting in the trenches East of Ypres and from there had been moved to an area with sporadic heavy fighting being the front line near to Voormezeele.
This sector saw heavy casualties in September 1915 and on the 25th September the battalion were to be included in a large action where several bluffs were made as to which sector was the main attack. They remained in trenches until the end of September suffering heavy losses from enemy sniper and trench mortar action.
Joseph Parker Taylor was killed on the 26th September 1915 and is buried in the Voormezeele Cemetery in Belgium.
Joseph is also remembered on the Morton memorial.