Poppy

First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Arthur Ernest TAYLOR (1898–1920)

Arthur Ernest Taylor was born in Headington Quarry in 1898 (reg. second quarter).

His parents, who were Methodists, were Albert William Taylor (born in Headington Quarry in 1871) and Lizzie Haynes (born in Marston in 1874/5, reg. as Elizabeth). They were married in the Headington registration district in the second quarter of 1896, and had the following children:

  • Jane Joyce Taylor (born at Forest Hill in 1896/7); died at Headington Quarry aged 14 and buried at Headington Quarry Methodist churchyard on 14 March 1911)
  • Arthur Ernest Taylor (born at Headington Quarry in 1898)
  • George Francis Taylor (born at Headington Quarry on 6 July 1900 and baptised at New Inn Hall Street Methodist Church on 20 August)
  • Lizzie Emily Taylor (born in Headington Quarry on 3 December 1903 and baptised at New Inn Hall Street Methodist Church on 26 January 1904)
  • Walter William Albert Taylor (born in Headington Quarry in January 1906 and baptised at William Street Methodist Chapel in St Clement's on 3 July); died aged eight and buried at Headington Quarry Methodist churchyard on 5 January 1915
  • Tom Taylor (born at Headington Quarry on 22 July 1909 and baptised at William Street Methodist Chapel in St Clement's on 1 August);
    died aged two and buried at Headington Quarry Methodist churchyard on 18 February 1911
  • Alfred John Taylor (born in Headington Quarry in 1910)
  • Ellen Joyce Jane Taylor (born on 27 February 1913 and baptised at William Street Methodist Chapel in St Clement's on 23 April);
    died aged 4 months and buried at Headington Quarry Methodist churchyard on 11 June 1913)

At the time of the 1901 census Arthur (3) was living in a cottage adjoining Pine Villa (not far from Headington Quarry school) with his father Albert (29), who was a brickburner, his mother Lizzie (26), and his siblings Jane (4), and George (eight months).

Arthur's sister Jane and brother Tom both died in 1911, just before the census was taken. At the time of the 1911 census Arthur (13) was still attending school, but only part-time because of illness, and was living at Cooper's Hill in Quarry with his father Albert (59), who described himself as a brick burner in the brickfield, his mother Lizzie (56), and his four surviving siblings George (11), Lizzie (7), Walter (5), and Alfred (seven months).

Arthur's baby sister Ellen was born after the census but died in 1913 at the age of four months, and his brother Walter died in 1915 at the age of eight.

Poppy Arthur Ernest Taylor fought in the First World War and was gassed on the Western Front. He convalesced in the Wingfield Hospital in Headington, but never really recovered, and died at the age of 22 and he was buried in the churchyard of Headington Quarry Methodist Church on 7 July 1920. Although the cut-off date to qualify for commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was not until 31 August 1921, he is not listed by them as among the war dead. He is however commemorated on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.


Postscript

Quarry memorial

Arthur Ernest Taylor's parents

By 1924 they were living at Kiln Lane in Risinghurst at the east end of Holy Trinity parish.

  • Albert William Taylor (born 1871) died at Kiln Lane at the age of 65 in 1936 and his funeral was held at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 22 June.
  • Mrs Elizabeth (Lizzie) Taylor (born 1874/5) died at 15 Bulan Place at the age of 88 in 1963 and her funeral was held at Headington Quarry Church on 20 March.
His surviving siblings
  • George Francis Taylor (born 1900), a labourer of Kiln Lane married Sarah Guntrip of 60 Hayfield Road at St Margaret's Church in north Oxford on 12 July 1924. He died in the Headington district at the age of 30 in 1931.
  • Lizzie Emily Taylor (born 1903) was working as a domestic and living in Kiln Lane (described as Brick Kiln Lane)when she married Thomas Stanley Sims, a labourer of Barton Road, at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 6 February 1926. She died in Oxford at the age of 86 in 1989.
  • Alfred John Taylor (born 1910) married Winifred N. Carter in Oxford in 1934. He died in Oxford at the age of 61 in 1972.

 

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