Lance Sgt. J. Taylor

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FIRST NAMES: Joseph

UNIT: 4th Yorkshire Regiment

NUMBER: 202

STATUS: Killed in Action

DATE OF DEATH: 25th April 1915

CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: The Menin Gate

AGE: 28

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Joseph Taylor was born in Northallerton and he was the son of George & Hannah Taylor of Quaker Lane, Northallerton. He was married to Sarah Taylor and they lived at Long Lane Gates, Brompton. Joseph worked as a lengthman for the North-Eastern Railway at Brompton and he was a keen footballer, and a prominent member of Northallerton Football Club. He was a long time member of the local Territorial Battalion and had served with the Volunteers, before the Territorials had been formed, having served a total of 11 years in the two organisations when he was killed.

He was shot and killed near Ypres, aged 28, the day after the 4th Yorkshires carried out their counter attack at St.Julien and prevented a german breakthrough, during the Second Battle of Ypres.

His officer, Captain Stead, wrote to console his family and said:

" Sergeant Taylor, along with his Company Commander, Major Matthews, were the first of their Battalion to fall for their Country. His rapid promotion shows the confidence that was placed in him. He was an excellent soldier and a brave man."

His body could not be identified at the end of the War and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at the Menin Gate in Ypres.