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Sergeant William Taylor

Born. 1885, Swafham, Norfolk.
Died. Wellington, New Zealand, 1971.

William Taylor was living at 62 Spencer Place, Chapeltown in Leeds, with his wife and baby son, when the war started. William enlisted, into the “Pals” on the 3rd September 1914, and was posted to Headquarters Company as a Shoemaker.

William served with the “Pals” at Colsterdale, Egypt and France.

Sgt Taylor was discharged on the 17th March 1919 and took employment as a drayman at Joshua Tetley’s brewery in Leeds.

In the early 1920’s William travelled to New Zealand to visit relatives who had emigrated some years earlier. Shortly after returning to England his wife Nellie died.

In 1926 William immigrated to New Zealand and took work as a drayman at a brewery in Wellington.

He later re-married and raised two sons and a daughter.

During World War Two William served as an instructor with the New Zealand Army.

After the war had ended he returned to his job at the brewery, where he stayed until his retirement.

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