Missing Wirral Soldier




Mr and Mrs J. Taylor, Cherry Brow, Willaston, near Chester, have received news that their son, Pte. Thomas Taylor (12388), was in action of the morning of the 19th August, and was subsequently reported as missing since that date. His parents will be grateful for any news concerning him. He was a blacksmith, and before the War was employed by Mr. Flood at Thornton Hough. He enlisted in September, 1914, and was invalided home from abroad from the Cheshires with blood poisoning and shell-shock. He went abroad for the second time in May this year, and was transferred to W. Co., No. 2 Platoon, – Battalion Cheshire Regiment, B.E.F.



Private Thomas Taylor served as part of the Cheshire Regiment’s 15th Battalion during the First World War.

He was born around 1891-92, and was the son of Joseph and Sarah Taylor, being the eldest of four children.

Thomas was killed on Sunday, 19th August, 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, better known as Passchendaele. He was officially reported as missing on 3rd October, 1917, and it was not until 8th April the following year that Private Taylor was officially listed as having been killed in action almost 8 months earlier. 

At the time of his death he would have been 26 years old.

Thomas Taylor is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France. 


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