TAYLOR, Arthur
(Service number 24737)

First Rank Quartermaster Sergeant Last Rank Private


Date 8 November 1876 Place of Birth London, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Gleniti
Occupation Newsagent
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. Four children
Next of Kin Mrs Mary TAYLOR (wife), Thomas Street, Timaru; 43 William Street, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 17th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 23 September 1916
Transport Pakeha
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 20 December 1948 Age 72 years
Place of Death Campbells Bay, Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Block J, row 7, Plot 33
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Arthur Taylor was born on 8 November 1876 in London, the son of George and Sophia (née Watson) Taylor. In 1897 he migrated to New Zealand. Arthur married Mary Lane on 2 October 1908 at Timaru. Arthur and Mary had seven children, four of them born at Timaru before he went away to war – Julia Ethel (28 May 1909), Mary Ellen (Nellie, 26 June 1910), Kathleen Margaret (22 October 1911) and John George (George, 26 January 1914). These four children were educated at Gleniti, Timaru Sacred Heart and Fairview schools before the family moved to Auckland in 1921/1922. Three more were born after Arthur returned home, two at Timaru and the youngest at Auckland. Foure of Mary’s brothers - Eugene Lane, Humphrey William Lane, Edward (Ted) Timothy Lane and Dennis Francis Lane - who served in the war, Humphrey and Ted losing their lives. Arthur was a newsagent for the Timaru Post, residing at Gleniti, when he enlisted and nominated his wife as his next-of-kin. Casualty List No. 601, published in June 1917, listed Arthur Taylor among the wounded.

Arthur Taylor died on 20 December 1948 at Campbells Bay, Auckland. He was then a pensioner, and was survived by his wife, all four daughters and three sons. His wife Mary, who was eight years younger, died in 1960.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; Waikumete Cemetery headstone transcription [18 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 June 1917 (Papers Past) [03 August 2020]

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