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John Michael TAYLOR

Regimental number407
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressSilver Street, Cheltenham
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinW Taylor, Silver Street, Cheltenham
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 10 July 1915. Taken on strength, 29th Bn, 15 October 1915.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death22.6
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
116
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 8 April 1916; discharged to, and rejoined unit, 19 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note on B.103: 'Believed buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sh.36.

Note on Red Cross File No 2700901: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 349 Pte W.T. THOMSON, A Company, 29th Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital, France), 1 December 1916: 'I saw Taylor hit in the stomach by rifle bullet. He seemed bad. I helped to take off his equipment and gave him a drink of water. I never saw him after. This was at the storming of Fromelles. We had shoved the Germans out of their first line and remained in them all night but retired at dawn. Taylor got hit about 10 p.m.'

Second statement, 337 Sergeant C.B. SCOTT, A Company, 29th Bn, 11 December 1916: 'I saw him killed in the charge at Fleurbaix on July 19th. by machine gun fire. Pte. R.G. Binder, II Pl. A. Co., was alongside him. Binder came on. I looked back. Taylor was lying on the ground. Binder told me he was dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TAYLOR John Michael
Red Cross file 2700901

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