Name: Arthur James Taylor

Birth Date: 1894 Where: Bristol, England
Died: 1959 Where: NSW
Place of Enlistment: HMAS A11, At sea Age: 20
Serial Number: 492 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Photograph Taylor

Service Details:



9 June

1915                      Embarked from Australia

23 June

1915                      Sworn in on board Ascanius (A11)


1915                      Embarked Egypt

22 Oct. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Wounded, Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

26 August

1916                      Rejoined Battalion, Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

14 November

1916                      Wounded

20 March

1918                      Returned to Battalion

16 April

1918                      Wounded

11 November

1918                      Armistice

9 March

1919                      Returned to Australia





Biographical Details:

Arthur Taylor was born to Robert and Rose Taylor in Bristol, England in 1894.
It is uncertain when James arrived in Australia. On his attestation papers he listed his father as Next of Kin although he still resided in Bristol. He gave his calling as Hairdresser.  He also claimed three years with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Arthur’s date of enlistment is recorded as 23rd June 1915 on board the Ascanius.  The Ascanius left Brisbane on 23rd May, 1915.  Either Arthur was one of the seven stowaways found on the Ascanius or his attempt to enlist was so late that he was instructed to board first and complete the paper work later. His attestation was completed two weeks after the Ascanius left Fremantle.
Arthur’s training would have commenced on board the Ascanius, as it did for many other new enlistments, and continued in Egypt.  He was with the 26th Battalion when it arrived at Gallipoli in September 1915.
On the June Trench Raid Arthur was part of the Left Parapet Party. He is thought to be soldier number 23 in the group photograph.
On 29th July Arthur received a GSW to a leg at Pozieres.  He was wounded again just three months later and also in August 1918. These, and treatment for VD, all led to Arthur being hospitalised in England where he succumbed to the temptation to be totally independent.  He was charged with twelve offences during his stay in Europe.  These were mainly AWL charges which resulted in Field Punishment and Forfeiture of Pay and on one occasion two weeks confinement to barracks. In all he was fined 96 days pay, about £50, a considerable sum then.
Arthur was returned to Australia in March 1919 and discharged in July.
It appears that he married Florence Mitchell in 1926 and fathered several children. Arthur also purchased and operated a dairy farm. He died in 1959.

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