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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:23 am    Post subject: Francis Taylor  Reply with quote

Medal Card on Ancestry, I'm not a member but you can view medal cards.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, like yourself I am not a member. I have just tried to find out more and have located the info you provided but that seems to be all I can find out. Anything interesting that I tried to look at and i am asked for money, with so many F. Taylors that could prove expensive, not impressed with Ancestry but thank you for your interest.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:30 am    Post subject: Francis Taylor Reply with quote

Snap regards the sites, the ones closer to home are worse. I've seen a copy of the local absent voters list but unfortunately only Llanhilleth and Cwmtillery. Those in authority would have you believe there's no such lists and they couldn't be less helpful.
Do you know the date Francis Taylor's citation appeared in the London Gazette ?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for delay in answering, have not been well. I did check the Gazette some time ago but was unable to find anything it's probably me being not used to it. I will try again when I feel more able to concentrate, if I find anything I will post. Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:00 am    Post subject: Francis Taylor Reply with quote

Hi - hope your health is improving, - saw a Doris I Hale of 3 Oxford Street, Abertillery on the 1945 absent voters list.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doris “ Irene “ Hale was my first cousin, as you can see from the photo she served during ww2, I have no knowledge of  her war time record, in 1945 she could well have been living in London or perhaps she was still in the forces. “ Irene “ as she was known married Frederick Galbraith in 1948 and they lived in London. I remember them both very well as they use to take me to Wales after the war to visit relations. The other photo is “Irene” with her half sister,
Lily May Smith both photos were taken outside 3 Oxford st.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:01 am    Post subject: Francis Taylor Reply with quote

Lovely pictures, let you know if anything further crops up.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:01 pm    Post subject: post update Reply with quote

Some further info


With thanks to my daughter I am now the proud owner of an original cap badge of the South Wales Borderers. My uncle Francis Taylor served with this regiment during ww1. He would
have worn a cap badge the same as pictured.
Francis was awarded the  - Distinguished Service Medal 1914 -1920

 His award reads, 33262 Private Francis Taylor, 2nd Batt South Wales Borderers of ABERTILLERY .
At ZILBEKE, on 28th September 1918. for most conspicious Gallantry
and determination he assisted in    the Capture of an enemy Pillbox
which was offering stubborn resistance, Working around to the back he
charged two of the enemy killing one, he himself was bayoneted by the other one, but he killed him and the rest surrendered.
Again on 29th Sept he brought in his severly wounded Platoon Sergeant,under heavy machine gun fire, He did splendidly !!!!!

The cap badge of the South Wales Borderers was the Sphinx of Egypt surrounded by a wreath of immortelles with SWB overlayed at the base. Immortelles are flowers that retain their shape and colour when dead and are used in dried flower arrangements. Queen Victoria honoured the regiment by presenting them with a silver wreath of these flowers and it has been carried ever since at the top of the pike that holds the Queen's Colour.


This photo is of My uncle George Hale in navy uniform, this was taken in 1915 when he joined up, he was 16-17 years old. George Hale (ex miner), survived the war.The ship on his hat is HMS Erin.On 5 September 1914 HMS Erin joined the Grand Fleet at its principal war base at Scapa Flow in Orkney. She was briefly part of the fourth battle squadron, being transferred to the second battle squadron in October 1914. On 31 May 1916 she was present at the “ BATTLE OF JUTLAND “. I have recently been informed that George was on HMS Erin when this historic battle took place for which he received a medal.





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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:19 am    Post subject: Help - Francis Taylor b Abertillery - 1899 Reply with quote

There's a lot of South Wales Borderer's memorabillia out there, I was  looking at a tie and tie bar on Militaryzone recently.
Looked at the 1918 and 1919 absent voters list and George Hale was not listed for Oxford Street, let you know if he appears elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: George Hale Reply with quote

Thank You


George Hales father was Moses hale, his mother was Martha Jones, they lived at 58 Portland st.
George also had a brother called Alfred John Hale.
George married Elizabeth  Ann Smith in 1919 so George would have been living in Portland St. in 1918, It would seem from your information that George also served on HMS  "Aurora" also on "Vivid as well" the records are not very easy to read.
It would seem that he had a very long and busy war and was deservedly rewarded with a medal for his service at the battle of Jutland.

Appreciate your help
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:34 pm    Post subject: Lest we Forget Reply with quote

On this remembrance day we will remember them.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:03 pm    Post subject: Help - Francis Taylor B. 1899, Taylor Family Reply with quote

Hi Fred

Military on Ancestry is free until Wednesday, you may be able to pick some family information on there.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again
Thanks I will check it out.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE SOMME - Rest in Peace
My uncle SMITH, SIDNEY/SYDNEY ERNEST - Private 15811 - 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers - died 22nd November 1916 - age 27 - husband of Elizabeth Ann Hale (formerly Smith) of Oxford Street, Abertillery - commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - memorial reference:- Pier and Face 4A also commemorated on the Abertillery Central Memorial, Somerset Street, Abertillery also commemorated on the St. Basil’s Church Gates Memorial, Old Caerphilly Road, Bassaleg, Newport also commemorated on the Rogerstone Memorial, Rogerstone Library, Tregwillym Road, Rogerstone
Photo taken approx. 1912, Sidney with my aunt Liz.


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