Archibald John Cyril Taylor

Royal Army Service Corps

Personal Details

Born: 26 August 1897 in Stroud, Gloucestershire and baptised 10 October 1897 in Whiteshill, Gloucestershire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to Archibald John Taylor, a bootmaker and later a cycle and motor dealer and his wife Annie Elizabeth. He married Annie Hitchen in 1923 in Northwich, Cheshire.The couple had one child, Joyce F born in 1924.

Residence: At the time of his baptism in 1897 his family were living in Whiteshill, Gloucestershire. On the 1901 Census he, his mother and brother were living with his grandparents in North Street, Uppingham, Rutland, but his father was at 1 St John`s Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1911 the family were together at 21 St. Mary`s Street, Whitchurch. This was the address given for him on his military documents. By 1939 and married, he was living at the Hollies Hotel, Chester Road, Whitchurch, where his wife was described as the hotel keeper. In 1947 an address of the Victoria Hotel, Whitchurch was given for him and his wife on a passenger list of a ship sailing to Wellington, New Zealand. At the time of his death he was living at 1/7 The Parade, St. Helier’s Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

Employment: On his Attestation in 1915 he was a motor driver. By 1939 he was a cycle agent.

Died: In 1973 in Auckland, aged 76, and was cremated at Purewa cemetery, Auckland on 13 December 1973.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry for the first period of service and Royal Army Service Corps (previously Machine Gun Corps and King`s Shropshire Light Infantry) for the second 

Rank: Private

Service Number: 2679 for the first period of service and 397691 (previously 31198 and 19558) for the second

Date of Enlistment: 22 October 1914 and then re enlists 12 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 9 April 1915 for the first period of service and 19 September 1918 for the second

Reason for Discharge: Not likely to become an efficient soldier for the first period of service and no longer physically fit for war service for the second

Medals and Awards

Not known


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