Thomas Taylor

Thomas Taylor was born in Cogan, the son of Francis and Margaret Taylor. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings Edith, Charles, Francis, Beatrice, Rhoda, Gladys, John, Phyllis and Arthur and grandparents Charles and Mary Gibbon in Cogan. In 1911 Frank and Margaret Taylor were living at 42 Harriet Street, Cogan with their children Gladys, Phyllis, John, Arthur, Oswald, Henry and Doris. They had been married for 26 years and had 15 children, 13 of whom survived. Thomas was a coal miner-hewer and was a boarder at the home of Thomas and Jane Phillips and their family at 2 Western Terrace, Cwmfelinfach, Mynyddislwyn, Monmouthshire in 1911. From Army Records – husband of Keziah Taylor nee Williams (married 1915). Son of Francis and Margaret Taylor of 42 Harriet St, Cogan. Brother of Charles and Gwladys, uncle of Oliver Taylor. Keziah Taylor remarried in 1921 becoming Mrs Collins. Thomas served in 1st/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) with the rank of Sergeant (service number 14505). He was killed in action on 13th April 1918 and is buried at III. F. 14., Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture. He enlisted 1914 giving his occupation as miner. Thomas Taylor is described as being 5ft 10¼ins tall, weighing 168lb with an expanded chest measurement of 40ins. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. Thomas was awarded the Military Medal.