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Joseph Parker Taylor

Private Joseph Parker Taylor


Joseph Taylor was registered as being born in Morton, Lincolnshire between April and June of 1896 to Joseph Parker Taylor, Farm Labourer of Morton and his wife Emma Downes.

The registered date does not match the 1901 or 1911 census returns where Joseph was listed as aged 8 and 18 respectively. No other Joseph Taylor was registered in the area around this time.

It is possible that Joseph was not registered until his parents were married, 2 years after his suspected birth in 1893.


Family History

Joseph Parker Taylor was born about 1871 in Morton Bourne to James Taylor and married Emma Downes in April-June 1896 in the Bourne district, believed Morton. The 1911 census disagrees with the above information as Joseph claims that he has been married 18 years and that his eldest son, Joseph, is also 18. All of the ages of his children on this census also disagree with registration records.

Joseph Parker Taylor and his wife Emma had, according to the 1911 census, 8 Children of which only 6 can be traced. Joseph b 1896, John (Jack) b c1898, Lilly b c1899, Annie Maria b c1900, Skeath b c1905 and Harriet b c1908.

Emma died between July and September 1910 leaving Joseph to bring up the family.

Joseph junior was listed on the 1911 census of Morton as a 2nd Waggoner on a farm and was living as a boarder in the house of Arthur Cook, the farm foreman.

Military History

We are unable to trace Joseph’s war records, as with many from the Lincolnshire Regiment, these could be part of the burnt records that were destroyed in the blitz.

The 7th (Service) Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment was Formed at Lincoln in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s second army and came under command of 51st Brigade in 17th (Northern) Division.
On the 14th of July 1915 the battalion landed at Boulogne.

The following extract from the History of The Lincolnshire Regiment 1914-1918 gives information about Joseph’s Battalion during his short time on active service on the western front.

The 7th (Service) Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment were assigned to the 51st Brigade, 17th Division, disembarked at Boulogne from Folkestone on the 14th of July. On the 19th the battalion reached billets in Eecke, and two days later a party of five officers visited the trenches near Ypres for instruction.

The Brigade to which the 7th Lincolnshire belonged was in Corps Reserve, but very soon began its apprenticeship in trench Warfare. On the 27th B Company went into the trenches of the 138th Brigade, 46th Division, and there met the Territorial battalions of the Regiment. The next day three men were killed and four wounded-first casualties. From the 28 th to the 31st (inclusive) four men were killed and sixteen wounded.

On the 1st of August the 4th Battalion mention the departure of a company of 7th Lincolnshire which had been attached for instruction in trench warfare,

On coming out of the trenches east of Ypres the battalion moved to bivouacs west of Kruisstraat, thence to huts on the Vlamertinghe-Ouderdom road. The battalion first took over a sub-sector of the front line on the 14th of August near Voormezeele. This tour appears to have been expensive, for when the Lincolnshire were relieved on the 26th and moved back to La Clytte and Reninghelst, they had lost nine other ranks killed and thirty-seven wounded.

In another tour in the front line, in the same sub-sector, from the 3rd to the 11th September, Major W.L. Crawford was wounded on the 7th and 2nd Lieutenant J.K. Brice-Smith on the 9th : the latter died of wounds on the 10th. Another officer and Lieutenant H.A. Padley-was wounded on the 19th of September. Conditions in the front line on the 20th, 21st and 22nd are described as very quiet, until on the latter date our guns began a heavy bombardment of the German line, with the result that the enemy’s retaliation was violent. The 23rd and 24th were also noisy for all along the line the British artillery were engaged in shelling the enemy’s trenches, in order to deceive him as to the point of the attack to be launched on the 25th of September.

In their trenches at Voormezeele, the 7th Lincolnshire on the 25th September fired “ fifteen rounds rapid ” in order to deceive the enemy that they were about to attack.

According to the War Diaries, the casualties of the 7th Battalion from the 18th June to the 25th September : Died of wounds, 2nd Lieut. J.K. Brice-Smith ; wounded, Major W.L. Crawford, 2nd Lieut. H.A. Padley ; other ranks : eight killed, twenty-one, wounded, one hundred and eight.

From the 25th September to the end of 1915, the 7th Lincolnshire remained in the neighbourhood of Ypres. Enemy action was more vigorous in this part of the line, though spasmodic, than farther south ; German trench-mortars and snipers causing constant annoyance and loss.

The casualty records show that Joseph Taylor died on the 26th September 1915

Joseph Taylor, 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, Regimental Number 15019 has no dicovered medals record card but should have been eligible for the following medals:-

Victory Medal

British Medal

1914-15 Star



Private Joseph Taylor, 15019, 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 26th September 1915 is remembered with honour on the Voormezeele Enclosure No 3. Reference X A 11.

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