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Predicate Object 10 Oct 1998 1998-10-10T00:00:00.000Z 1998-10-10T00:00:00.000Z 1998.63.11 [gift of] Mrs Shirley Foster 2002-04-18T00:00:00.000Z 2 2017-11-30T15:24:49.025Z 65 casualties/wars 28 Reinforcement badge belonged to Rifleman George B Taylor George died of wounds 7.12.1917; received at museum with calico holdall used to send personal effects of his younger brother, Charles Brian Taylor to his mother Mrs Mary Elizabeth Taylor - his next of kin -following his death, killed in action, in France on 30 March 1918. After Mrs Taylor's death they were passed on to her daughter, Deborah Pitts Taylor (Mrs Spencer), who had also served during WW1 as an ambulance driver based at Brockenhurst Hospital, UK. G.B. Taylor enlisted at Hamilton in May, 1917, sailing from NZ with the 28th reinforcements in July. On arrival in England he was willing to forego the rank of sergeant in order to get over to France a little earlier. He left in six weeks, and died of wounds received on Dec 7, 1917 while out with a wiring party. Two of the party were killed outright by machine gun fire. George Taylor was shot through the body and lived only a few hours. He is buried at Ecole near Ypres. Pair of 28th Reinforcements badges; shoulder titles; part of personal effects of Rifleman George Barnard Taylor; died of wounds received in the field near Armentieres, 7.12.1917; received at Museum with calico bag containing the personal effects of his younger brother Pte C Brian Taylor, who was killed in action in France on 30/3/1918 blackened brass; cutout 28 badges, pair
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