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Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor

In memory of:

Major Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor

September 12, 1916

Military Service


Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

Division:

29th Bn.

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette # 29508 dated 14 March 1916, 'For conspicuous gallantry when leading bombers in a raid on enemy trenches. Although wounded, Captain Taylor jumped into the trench, and disposed of several of the enemy with bomb, revolver and bayonet. Later he withdrew his men most coolly, and assisted in taking back wounded.' 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Additional Information


Son of Archibald Dunbar Taylor and Isobel Churchill (nee Craigie) Taylor, of Kerrisdale, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 171 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

II. A. 4.

Location:

Contalmaison is a village in the Department of the Somme, 6 kilometres east-north-east of Albert. The Sunken Road, from which the cemetery is named, is part of the Contalmaison-Pozieres road, and the cemetery lies a little east of the road.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Kenneth Taylor– 700 Major Kenneth Churchill Craige Taylor (RMC 1905), D.S.O. 29th Bn C.E.F. was killed on Sept. 11th, 1916 in the advance on Courcellette. He was gazetted Major shortly before his death. He entered the Royal Military College, Kingston in 1905 and graduated in 1908 with the highest standing in his year, thus entitling him to one of four Commissions in the Imperial Army awarded each year to the first 4 Cadets. He, however, decided not to enter the army and served for a short time with the Canadian Pacific Railway, after which he articled to J.A. Coryell, B.C.L.S. at Grand Forks. He obtained his commission as a BC Land Surveyor in 1911 and was in charge of Government Survey parties working in the Upper Fraser and Naas River Valleys. In October, 1914, he and his brother, now Major T.A.H. Taylor O.B.E., M.C., returned from an extended survey in the interior of Vancouver Island to find that war had been declared almost 3 months previously. Both joined the 29th Battalion as Lieutenants. Kenneth was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in Jan., 1916 “for conspicuous gallantry in leading a bombing raid on the enemy trenches, when, although wounded, Captain Taylor disposed of several of the enemy with revolver, bomb and bayonet and then withdrew his men most coolly and assisted the wounded.”
  • Photo of KENNETH CHURCHILL CRAIGIE TAYLOR– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of KENNETH CHURCHILL CRAIGIE TAYLOR– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorabilia– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Badge– 700 Major Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor DSO (RMC 1905) was the son of Archibald Dunbar Taylor and Isobel Churchill (nee Craigie) Taylor, of Kerrisdale, Vancouver, British Columbia. He served with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 29th Bn. He died 12 Sep 1916. He was buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France.
  • Photo of KENNETH CHURCHILL CRAIGIE TAYLOR– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Honor Roll– From the "McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918".  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1926.
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Supplement to the London Gazette for 15 March 1916, page 2876.
  • Newspaper clipping– Supplementary information about family background: Father's newspaper obituary, 1942
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
700 Major Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor DSO (RMC 1905) was the son of Archibald Dunbar Taylor and Isobel Churchill (nee Craigie) Taylor, of Kerrisdale, Vancouver, British Columbia. He servde with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 29th Bn. He died 12 Sep 1916. He was buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
700 Major Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor DSO (RMC 1905) was the son of Archibald Dunbar Taylor and Isobel Churchill (nee Craigie) Taylor, of Kerrisdale, Vancouver, British Columbia. He servde with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 29th Bn. He died 12 Sep 1916. He was buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France.
  • Memorial Doll– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
700 Major Kenneth Churchill Craigie Taylor DSO (RMC 1905) was the son of Archibald Dunbar Taylor and Isobel Churchill (nee Craigie) Taylor, of Kerrisdale, Vancouver, British Columbia. He servde with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 29th Bn. He died 12 Sep 1916. He was buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France.
  • Memorial– Memorial arch, Royal Military College, Kingston
  • Memorial– Memorial stair, Royal Military College, Kingston
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy Wilf Schofield, England

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