Arthur Samuel Taylor DCM
Arthur was born on 1st August 1876 in Friar Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the home of his parents. William was a plumber in 1876 and he was the informant of the birth on 19th August 1876.
When the Boer war broke out, Arthur signed up as Trooper No. 12330 in the 66th Company, 16th Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry and was decorated DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) and two clasps:
Witterbergen 1st - 29th July 1900
Cape Colony 11th October 1899 - 31st May 1902
By the time of Arthur's marriage, aged 33, to Clarice Aireton on 31st July 1910 at All Saints, Kings Heath, Worcestershire, his father was deceased but listed as a plumber and painter.
In 1910, Arthur was a Painter living at 18 Manilla Road, Selly Park, Birmingham. Clarice's brother, Earnest, was a witness at the wedding.
Arthur and Clarice had the following children:
Richard Taylor born on 9th September 1911 at his parents home - 104 Beaumont Road, Bourneville, Kings Norton. The informant was Richard's mother. Arthur was then a Painter at the Cocoa Works. Richard married Winifred Davies and before the Second World War worked at Guest Keen Nettlefolds in Birmingham. He joined the RAF Regiment and served in West Africa during the war. Richard and Winifred had one son, who, at one stage, was a bus driver
Victor Norman Taylor born on 29th May 1913 at 104 Beaumont Road. The informant was again, Victor's mother. Arthur's occupation was then noted as a Housepainter at the Cocoa Works. Before the Second World War he worked at Cadbury’s. He jouned the RAF and was a rear gunner (tail end Charlie). The plane was shot down over Germany and Victor was captured. He was sent to Stalagluft 3 POW camp at Sagen, Poland. His brother Philip recalled that he sent a box of paints to Victor in the POW camp, which he used to forge documents. He was caught and placed in solitary confinement for two weeks. He survived and after the war went back tp work at Cadbury’s. He married Irene Smith, known as Rene and they had one daughter
Judith Taylor who married and went to live in the Caribbean.
Victor died at the age of about 70
Arthur Philip Taylor born on 13th November 1916
Arthur in 1916, according to his youngest son’s birth certificate was a Private in the 5th Reserve Battalion Coldstream Guards (Painter at Cocoa Works)
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