Diamond War Memorial Project

Private George Crawford Taylor

1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Regimental Number 31876
Born: ---- Died: 1918-10-14 Aged: 20 Enlisted: ------

Interred in Ledeghem Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. Name inscribed on St Columb’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Second son of Samuel James and Mary Taylor, 41, Foyle Road, Londonderry. Brother of James Donaldson (Jim), who died on May 7, 1922.

Private George Crawford Taylor joined up six months before his death. He had only been in France five weeks when he met his death. An army chaplain, writing to deceased’s mother, stated that a machine gun bullet killed her son instantaneously during an attack on the 14th October [1918], near the village of Heule, not far from Courtrai. Prior to joining the army Private Taylor had been in the staff of the Belfast Steamship Company, Ltd., Londonderry.
On the first anniversary of the death of Private Taylor, members of his family placed the following in memoriam lines in a Londonderry newspaper:-

‘One of the best that God could send,
A loving son and a faithful friend;
He sleeps beside his comrades
In a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of love
In the hearts he has left at home.’

Private George Crawford Taylor was the son of Samuel James Taylor, a native of Newry, who came to the city of Londonderry about the age of thirty-three. During most of his business career Samuel Taylor was connected with the Great Northern and the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railways, and, for a period, was Stationmaster at Buncrana. For a number of years he was a member of the office staff of the Belfast Steam Ship Company in Londonderry and Belfast.
Samuel Taylor was a member of Clooney Hall Methodist City Mission and for about forty years was Superintendent of the Mission Sunday School in People’s Hall. He was also a prominent member of the Christian Endeavour and held the position of treasurer for a number of years. A short time before his death he was the recipient of a presentation from the local Executive Council of the movement to mark his long association with it.
An ardent Unionist, Samuel Taylor was for many years President of the South Ward Unionist Association, and a member of the Unionist Council. He was also prominently identified with the Apprentice Boys, and was Past – President of the Apprentice Boys of Derry Club and a member of the Orange Order.
Samuel J. Taylor died on March 20, 1945, at Waterside General Hospital, Londonderry. He was eighty-three years of age, and was buried in Londonderry City Cemetery. His wife, Mary, died on December 19, 1933.