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Died 2nd August 1918
Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial
George Richard Taylor was born at Wood Top, Rawtenstall in 1884. He was the son of George and Mary Elizabeth Taylor of Rawtenstall. In 1891 and 1901 the family was living at 23, Hutch Bank, Haslingden. In 1901 George was living with his widowed father and sisters Alice E and Mary J and at that date was employed as a stone quarryman. On 13 July 1910 George Richard married Clara Taylor at St. John’s Church, Stonefold. At the time of his marriage, George was living at 14, Hoyle Street, Rising Bridge. George and Clara had a son, Walter, who was born on 30 April 1911 and baptised at Stonefold Church on 7, June 1911. The family were then living at 616, Blackburn Road, Rising Bridge.
He served on H.M.S. "Vehement", a screening destroyer in the 6th Light Cruiser Squadron. H.M.S. "Vehement" was a destroyer of the V/W Class, built by William Denny and Brothers at Dumbarton on the River Clyde. She was completed on 6 July 1917, one of 51 destroyers laid down in 1916 and 1917. Her displacement was 1,500 tons and she was armed with four 4 inch guns and 4 torpedo tubes.
After trails with her new crew the " Vehement" was in a brief light cruiser action in Heligoland Bight on 17 November 1917. She suffered no casualties but there was a total of 21 men lost on three other British ships.
On 2 August 1918, however, she was on patrol in the North Sea when she struck a mine and sank immediately. The destroyer, H.M.S. "Ariel", which was with her, also struck a mine and sank.
O.S. Taylor is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval War Memorial. After the 1914 to 1918 war three memorials were erected, in the form of obelisks, in Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth, to commemorate the ranks and ratings who were lost or buried at sea. From – Bill Turner’s Book.