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Taylor, R.W., 2nd Lieut., 1916
In Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la Boirselle it is believed is the Commonwealth War Grave of Second Lieutenant Ronald Woodhouse Taylor, serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers who died 07/07/1916.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle 24/7/1916 reports:

The late Sec.-Lieut. R.W. Taylor.
Memorial service at Byker.
A memorial service was held last night at the Byker Parish Church in connection with the death of Second Lieutenant Ronald Woodhouse Taylor, son of the Rev. R.G. Taylor, vicar. Second-Lieut. Taylor was killed in action on July 7th. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. Haslam of the Royal Grammar School, who said the commanding officer of the battalion to which Lieut. Taylor belonged wrote: ‘He was a gallant lad and died a gallant death. He was a great favourite with everyone, and his loss will be felt by all ranks.’

Mr. Haslam said Lieut. Taylor went to the Newcastle Grammar School in 1904. The speaker had followed his career from the time the deceased was a small boy in the lower form until he became captain of his football team, then captain of the school team and cricket club. He had seen Lieut. Taylor in some tight corners, but he was cheery and brave, and persevering. He became head prefect and his good influence was felt throughout the forms in the school. On the vote of his fellow scholars, he got a prize on leaving as the one they considered worthy for true, honest, straight dealing throughout school life.

For a year after leaving the Grammar School Lieut. Taylor attended the medical school of Durham University. Then came the call to serve his King and country, and doing his duty nobly, he made the great sacrifice. While they mourned, they should not forget to thank God for the noble example set by Lieut. Taylor and the way in which he lived his short but eventful life.”

He is remembered in Byker on B95.01 and B95.02

The CWGC entry for 2nd Lieutenant Taylor

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