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    Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 16:46

Taylor John Arthur Harold Lieutenant 1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Born: Co. Limerick (12/6/1891) Resided: Dublin.

Date of Death: 24/09/1915 Cause: Killed in action (Sniper).

*Family notes: Son of the Late Rev. Thomas and Laura Isabel Taylor of Kilnasoolagh, Killaloe, Co. Clare; brother of Dr. W. A. Taylor, of 63, Finchley Road, N.W. 8.

Religion: Church of Ireland. Trade/profession: Teacher (1911 Census of Ireland).


The family of the late Rev. Thos. Taylor, of Kilnasoolagh Parish, Diocese of Killaloe, has a splendid record of war service. Of his four sons, three of whom entered the Army at the outbreak of war – the other son already holding HM’s commission – one has been killed and two severely wounded. The third son, J.A.H. Taylor (whose photograph we reproduce above) was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and was killed on 24th September last in the landing of the 10th Division at Suvla Bay. The eldest son, W.A. Taylor, is a Doctor in the RAMC. The second son, T.E.H. Taylor is a Captain in the Royal Irish Regiment, and was seriously wounded in France last year.  The fourth son, N.V. Taylor, is a Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment; he was also seriously wounded in France last year.                                      Church of Ireland Gazette (Roll of Honour)31 March 1916.


Next evening the Battalion relieved the 1st Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borders in the fire trenches, and at once set to work to improve and extend them. During the next few days there was very little rifle fire from the Turks, simply intermittent shelling and persistent sniping, Second-Lieutenant J.A.H. Taylor being killed by a sniper on the night of 23rd-24th.        Neill’s Blue Caps, Volume III, Page 55.


Other notes: 2nd/Lt. Taylor’s Medal Index Card shows him as “Joining Unit at Gallipoli” on 2/9/1915.

Census notes The 1911 Census shows John as “Harold” (aged 20) serving as a teacher at St. Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. The 1901 Census shows the Taylor family (residing at, Rathfolan, Newmarket, Co. Clare.  ) as follows; Thomas (Clerk in Holy Orders, aged 45) and  Laura Isabel (aged 39) and their children, Jno. A. Harold (aged 9) and Noel Vivian (aged 6).

Special Notes: 2nd/Lieutenant Taylor is listed on the IWM Records as “Taylor John Arthur Harold. Rank, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Dublin Fusiliers; killed in action Dardanelles, September 24, 1915”; Officers Died in the Great War also show his name as “John Arthur Harold Taylor”; he is named in the Roll of Officers in Neill’s Blue Caps as “John Arthur Hamilton Taylor”.

Grave/Memorial: I. G. 20. Azmak Cemetery, Suvla.

Irish War Memorial Records Page No: Volume VIII, Page 133.

Other memorials: 2/Lt. Taylor is commemorated on the St. Columba’s College War Memorial, Whitechurch, Rathfarnham, Dublin 15; he is also commemorated on the War Memorial, 1937 Reading Room, Trinity College, Dublin.

Note: Information with an asterisk (*) denotes information above that supplied on his CWGC entry.

Edited by Mal Murray - 08 May 2015 at 14:02
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