1991 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother – Alice Taylor
Mrs. Alice Taylor from Ottawa, Ontario, was the 1991 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother. During the national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on November 11, 1991, she laid a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all mothers who have lost a child in military service to Canada.
On August 17, 1944, her only son, Trooper Richard Taylor, was killed while serving with the Fort Garry Horse marching from Normandy to Falaise.
Mrs. Taylor, née Grimes, worked in the War Records office during the Second World War and was a dedicated community volunteer. She took up bowling when she was 86 years and was said to never have missed the merry-go-round at the Ottawa Exhibition. She died on October 12, 1999, just two weeks before her 102nd birthday. She had endured the loss of her son for 55 years and the death of her husband, a First World War Veteran, for 22 years.
List of National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mothers
(Information courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian War Museum and families of the National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mothers)