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Private Percy Arthur Taylor

18200 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr William & Mrs Salome Taylor

Aged 23 years

Died 20th July 1916

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Born and enlisted at Rushden.
From the Burnt Records

Percy Arthur Taylor was 22 years old when he enlisted and had been working as a clicker. He was examined at Northampton on 26th April 1915, and was 5' 10" tall, chest 35½" (2" expansion), and gave his father William as next of kin. He was posted to France on 1st September 1915, and killed in action on 20th July 1916.
The Rushden Echo Friday 4 August 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Killed - By Machine-Gun Fire - While on Sentry Duty - Private Percy Taylor

Mr and Mrs Taylor, of 13, East-grove, Rushden, have received news from an unofficial, though no doubt trustworthy, source of the death in action of their son, Private Percy Arthur Taylor, 18200, Northants Regt. Private S T Smith, a soldier of the same platoon as Private Taylor writes to Mrs Taylor to say that her son was killed by machine-gun fire at 3 a.m. on July 20th while on sentry duty. He died almost instantly and therefore suffered practically no pain. Private Smith also says in his letter that he was an old pal of Private Taylor's in civilian life.

Private Taylor enlisted in April, 1915, and went out to the front in September, 1915. He formerly worked at Messrs. Eaton and Co.'s boot and shoe factory, Rushden. He was single, 23 years of age. He was once a member of St Mary's CLB.

The Rushden Echo Friday 11 August 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Solider Chums - One Killed - And the Other Wounded

In last week's "Rushden Echo" we reported that Pte Percy Arthur Taylor, son of Mr and Mrs W Taylor, of 13, East-grove, Rushden, had been killed by machine gun fire and that news of his death was sent to Rushden by Pte Sydney T ("Sam") Smith, who himself was wounded in ten places - five times in the right leg and five times in the left leg. The latter limb has been amputated. Pte Smith, who is the brother of Mrs Langdon, of 75 Newton-road, Rushden, was Pte Taylor's pal in civilian life, and we believe they enlisted together. They were in the Northants Regiment.

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