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Richard John Taylor

In memory of:

Sergeant Richard John Taylor

June 13, 1944

Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

Military Service


Service Number:

R/203228

Age:

21

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Citation(s):

Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45

Additional Information


Born:

April 19, 1923
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

November 9, 1942
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Richard John and Lucy Margaret (nee Price) Taylor, of Toronto Ontario. Brother of George, Marguerite, Marie and Private Herbert Joseph Taylor, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, killed in action in Italy on 5 September 1944.

Commemorated on Page 459 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

49. J. 1.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of RICHARD JOHN TAYLOR– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of RICHARD JOHN TAYLOR– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Sergeant Richard John Taylor on the right, with his brother Private Herbert Joseph Taylor (who also died in WW2, on September 5th. 1944, in Italy, age 27).
  • Family Photo– Richard and his family.  Richard, at 5 years old, is in the bottom row with his sister Marguerite.  The other family members, left to right, include his brother Herbert, brother George, father Richard, and mother Lucy, holding baby Marie.
  • Photo of his parents– Richard's mother Lucy and father Richard.
  • Group Photo– Left to right, Richard’s sister Marguerite, mother Lucy and sister Marie.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Roll of honour– City of Toronto Roll of Honour, in memory of Sgt. Richard John Taylor.
  • Medal– Defence Medal (awarded posthumously).
  • Medal– Defence Medal (awarded posthumously).
  • Medal– War Medal (awarded posthumously).
  • War Medal– War Medal (awarded posthumously).
  • Memorial– Sergeant Richard John Taylor is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Richard John Taylor is commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Cemetery– View looking towards the crash site on the tree line beyond the boundary of the churchyard
  • Memorial– Memorial to the crew of the crashed Wellington bomber in the churchyard of St John the Baptist’s Church, Mayfield near Ashbourne
  • Grave marker– Photo provided by The Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project. Volunteers Mike and Dale Symmonds

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