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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Edward Taylor - Died on Armistice Day

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Monument to Edward and Lily Jennings Taylor, All Saints Churchyard, Maidenhead Berkshire.

"In loving memory of my dear husband Edward Taylor who died on Armistice Day 1922 aged 62 - The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God.

Also of  Lily Jennings Taylor died Feb 12th 1931 aged 73 years."

Edward Taylor was born in 1860 in West Walton, Norfolk to John Taylor, a farmer and his wife Eliza Greenacre.  In 1881 Edward had moved away from the family home in Bell Green Road Norfolk, to Hackney in London where his occupation is listed as Drapers Assistant.  Edward had moved again by 1891, this time to Leeds, Yorkshire, where he is lodging with James Carr and his family.  His occupation is now listed as a Hosiery Assistant.

Two years later in 1893 Edward married Lily Jennings McLean.  Lily was born in 1862 in Ireland and unfortunately I have been unable to trace any record of her before her marriage to Edward.

The last record I can find of Edward and Lily before their deaths, is the 1901 Census, where they can be found living at 179 High Street, Kensington London.  Edward is now a costumier and Lily a dressmaker. 

I wonder what brought them to Maidenhead and why the unusual, 'died on Armistice Day'?  Possibly in 1922, the Great War to end all wars was still raw in the minds of those who witnessed it.

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  1. Yes, it does seem odd now. Could understand it for a soldier perhaps. I guess it was just such a big deal for them so close to the war's end.

    1. I suppose at the time they thought that no one would ever forget the day the war ended.


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