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Taylor, H., Capt., Mid., 1914

Harrow Roll of Honour Vol 1

The grave of Captain Hugh Taylor IWM

Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery

Sunderland Echo Tuesday 20/12/1914

Newcastle Journal Tuesday 29/12/1914

In the Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix is the Commonwealth War Grave of Captain Hugh Taylor, serving with 'F' Company, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards who died 18/12/1914.

Hugh Taylor was born 24th December 1880, at Chipchase Castle, Wark-on-Tyne, Northumberland the only son of Thomas Taylor and his wife Mona.

Hugh was also grandson to Mr Hugh Taylor, of Sunderland, who was the founder of the Ryhope Colliery and a prominent member of the River Wear Commission, and for many years a resident in Sunderland.

He was also cousin to Major H.S. Streathfield of Ryhope Hall. Mrs Streathfield the Major's mother, was a daughter of the late https://www.escortfly.com Mr Hugh Taylor and a sister of Mr Tom Taylor, of Chipchase Castle.

He was educated at Harrow 1894 to 1899, Hugh was a Moniter in 1898 and Head of his House, and at Balliol College, Oxford, 1899 to 1903. He obtained second class honours in Moderations in 1901 and a third class and a B.A., degree in 1903.

Photograph on the right is the grave of Captain Hugh Taylor of the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards, killed in the attack of 18th December 1914 at La Cordonnerie Farm, Rouges Bancs.

His widow had said that he described his four years at Oxford as the happiest time of his life. Certainly he was generally liked by his contemporaries, and took his share in college life, he rowed for Torpids and twice https://www.istanbulescorts.com.tr played chess for the University against Cambridge. He also was one of Scotland's best curlers and his last important match was the international curling event in Edinburgh.

Leaving Oxford he took a commission in the Scots Guards, and in 1907 he married Mary, daughter of H. Villers Stuart. M.P., of Dromana, Co Waterford. His wife died in 1922, but a daughter survived.

Hugh was also engaged in Military duties in London prior to the outbreak of the War.

In June 1914 he had entered public life as a Unionist Candidate for Sunderland, where his introduction to the constituency gave promise of high popularity.

He made several visits to the constituency, and in July 1914, he addressed a series of dinner-hour and outdoor meetings, ümraniye escort and was given an enthusiastic reception, the working men evidently appreciating his political candour and his interest in industrial problems.

Hugh joined the Scots Guards in 1904, and was promoted Lieutenant in 1905.

In 1911, they were residing at 4 Herbert Crescent, Chelsea, London, SW., Their only son was born in 1909, Thomas Brian Geoffrey Taylor, but he died at an early age. There was a butler and six servants employed in the house.

In September 1914, he went to France as a captain in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, he took part in the retreat from Antwerp and the First Battle of Ypres, where he was the Brigade Machine-Gun Officer.

On December 18th 1914, Hugh, then commanding a Company, lead an attack on the enemy's lines near Rouges Bancs. He succeeded in occupying part of a trench. He went alone back to the British lines to report, and was killed while returning to join his men. izmir escort On Christmas Day, his body was brought back during the informal truce by some Saxon soldiers, with bared heads, and was buried at the farm of La Cordonniere.

The War diary describes in detail what happened to Captain Taylor and his company.

24th December 1914, Fine and Frosty, one man wounded on the night of Christmas Eve, the German trenches opposite those occupied by the Bn [Battalion] at Fromelles was lit up with decorations and there were sounds of singing.

We got into conversation with the Germans who were anxious to arrange an armistice during Xmas. A priest names F. Meurker? went out and met a German patrol and was given a glass of whisky and some cigars, and a message was sent back saying that if we didn't fire at them, they would not fire at us. There was no firing during the night.

Early on X mas morning a party of Germans [158th Regiment] came over to our wire fence, and a party from our trenches went out to meet them. They appeared to be most amicable and exchanged Scarves? and Headgear. Our men gave them Plum puddings which they much appreciated, further down the line we were able to make arrangements to bury the dead who had been killed on the Dec 18-19 and were still lying between the trenches. The Germans brought the bodies to a half way line and sisli escort re-buried them.

Detachments of British and Germans formed in line and a German and English Chaplain said some prayers alternately. The whole of this was done with great solemnity and reverence. It was heartrending to see some of the chaps we maltepe escort knew so well, and who had started out in such fine spirits on Dec 18th, lying there dead. Some with terrible wounds due to the explosive action of the high velocity bullet at short range. Captains Taylor body was found amongst them. His body was carried to the Rue-Petillion where we buried him in our own little cemetery.

The informal truce was also reported in the War Diary with comments about the enemy troops.

A brother-officer wrote:- Dear old Hugh was a most splendid character. I can't tell you how well he ran the Machine Guns; he was always cheerful, and no day was ever too long for him. He was the most unselfish man I ever came across. We in the Regiment will always be proud to have had him as our comrade.

He was mentioned in Sir John French's despatches dated January 14th 1915, For gallant and distinguished conduct taksim escort on this and other occasions.

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In his will dated 1st December 1915, he left £1614 7s 7d to his widow Mary Taylor, who by this time was residing at 11 Basil Street, Middlesex.

Hugh Taylor is remembered at Chipchase on C31.01

Hugh is also remembered by an Entrance Scholarship award in Memory of Captain Hugh Taylor at Harrow; tbilisi escort in the Harrow Roll of Honour Book Vol 1.; in the Balliol College, Oxford, Roll of Honour Books; also remembered in the Ireland's Memorial Record 1914-1918 page 131.

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