Taylor, Henry Edward (3950)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years 2 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 14 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3950            view online service record

137 Evans Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
George Taylor (father)
61 Ross Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 8 February 1916
Ship: HMAT Warilda A69
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion – 9th Reinforcements

KIA: Saturday, 5 August 1916
Place: France

NOK at Embarkation: Elaine Elizabeth Taylor (wife), 137 Evans Street.

Henry and Elaine were married at Holy Trinity Church on 6 November 1915.

Private, 22 Infantry, killed in action 5 August, 1916, France, aged 24, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Parents: George and Mrs Maud M TAYLOR, wife: Mrs Elaine Elizabeth TAYLOR, born Port Melbourne, educated SS Port Melbourne. He enlisted as a 23-year-old porter with his wife at “King’s Lynn”, 137 Evans Street. No known grave; one eyewitness report suggested he was literally blown to pieces by a shell explosion and no trace of him could later be found. Circular returned by his widow from Coburg, father noted at 61 Ross Street. Death Notice, Port Melbourne Standard, 4 August, 1917 suggests there were no children from the marriage.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

1915 ‘WEDDING.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 20 November, p. 2, viewed 12 October, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91163689

H Taylor was listed on the Swimming Club Roll of Honour, 25 November 1916.

1916 ‘ROLL OF HONOR.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 25 November, p. 2. , viewed 04 Nov 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91164781

1917 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 4 August, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88367989


  1. Brian Membrey says

    “My informant (Smith, B Coy, 22nd Battn) says – on August 5th at 5 a.m. we were attacking at Pozieres and were advancing over No-Man’s Land when a shell caught Taylor and he was blown to pieces. I saw him just before he was hit. After that, no trace could be found of him, he was buried out of our sight. I was just behind Taylor when he fell” (J. C. Johnson, 4660, 45 Batty., A.F.A.)

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