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20 Oct 1917
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George Taylor was born in Luton in 1879.
On 28th August 1906 aged 27 he joined the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. At the time he was employed by H Corley of Old Bedford Road, a straw hat manufacturer. George had worked for him as a straw hat blocker for 10 years. On 26th March 1908 George purchased a discharge from the army after serving for 19 months.
George married Emily Elizabeth Shane in 1907 & in 1911 they are living with Emily's 2 daughters, Maud 14 & Violet 8 & their 2 sons John 3 & 1 year old Ronald at 36 Bailey Street. George is still working as a blocker, Emily 32, is a straw hat machinist.
In November 1914 whilst living at No 3 Wenlock Street & working as a butcher, George rejoined the Bedfordshire Regiment. His service record describes him as 5ft 7 inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey eyes & light brown hair.
On 24th February George was admitted to Ampthill Hospital with suspected influenza. The persistent cough was the greatest problem so he was finally diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The chief treatment he was to receive was 'feeding up'. On 24th March the medical board declared George unfit for further service & was discharged from the army on 7th April 1915.
George died on 20th October 1917 & is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.