Thursday, 14 May 2015

Taylor, Lawrence Lund - Bombardier (60267)

Bombardier Lawrence L Taylor
117th Heavy Battalion,
Royal Garrison Artillery,
Died of Pneumonia
21st February 1919
Age 29

Buried at Holden Hall Cemetery 25th February 1919

Bombardier Lawrence Lund Taylor 60287 of the 117th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, died of pneumonia at his home on 21 February 1919. He was the son of the late Mr. Lawrence Taylor and Mrs. Jane Ellen Taylor. Lawrence Taylor was a former landlord of the Bull’s Head Inn, Church Street, Haslingden. He previously farmed at Phineas Fold, Grane. Bmdr. Taylor was twenty-nine and a single man. He left two sisters and two brothers. His brother Robert was killed in 1917. Bmdr. Taylor enlisted soon after war was declared in August 1914 and served both in England and in France. Before the war he was employed as a clerk at Grane Quarry Co Ltd. He was also a founder member and an official of Haslingden Junior Conservative Association. He also attended St. Stephen’s Church and was a member of the Men’s Institute. At the time of his demobilisation Bmdr. Taylor was unwell, suffering from, as was thought, a bad cold. This was in fact influenza (Spanish Flu) which quickly developed into pneumonia. He died at his home, ‘Stoneycroft’, Grane Road, just one week later. His funeral took place at Holden Hall Cemetery on  25 February 1919. His employers were represented by Mr E Taylor, the Company Secretary. Representatives from Haslingden Conservative Club also attended. He lies in Grave G385. Holden Hall Cemetery is owned by Rossendale Borough Council. It opened in 1903 and covers over eleven acres. There is a total of thirty two soldiers graves from ther 1914-1918 war and four from the 1939-1945 war.