Samuel Taylor

His name appears on the Redearth War Memorial that the Friends
recently restored and the following is taken from the Darwen News
9th November 1918:

Gunner S. Taylor.

It is unofficially reported at his home, that Gunner Samuel Taylor, of the
Royal Garrison Artillery, died from pneumonia on the 1st inst, following an
attack of influenza which he contracted about a fortnight ago.  Deceased
soldier, who was 21 years of age, joined the Forces on the 19th of May, 1916,
and since then had been doing garrison duty in this country, where he died.
In civil life he was employed at Messrs. Carus Mill, Hoddlesden, as a clerk
and attended the Redearth Road Primitive Methodist Church.  He is a son of
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Taylor, of 173, Marsh House Lane, and his only brother
is serving with the Motor Transport at Harrogate.

Samuel was born on May 7 1897 at 5 Grimshaw Street, Darwen the son of Roger Taylor and Mary Jane Cooper. Two day after his birth his mother passed away following a complication of child
birth. With five young children to care for his
father remarried later the same year to Betty Whewell. Roger’s children were:

William Thomas born 1885
(may have married Annie Fish in 1910)

Mary Jane born 1888

Florrie born 1893

Maud Victoria born 1895

Samuel born 1897

Alice born 1900

FODC April 2015