Pte Taylor Michael

  • Date of birth: 04/03/1893
  • Place of birth: Stanely, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 22/10/1917
  • Place of death: Judge Copse, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 24
  • Profession: Coal Miner
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 43557
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Sunderland, County Durham, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: Durham Light Infantry, 15th Bn.
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force


Additional information

Private Michael Taylor was part of the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (64th Brigade, 21st Division).
The division was ordered to relieve the 23th division at the frontline in Reutel Sector. The brigade moved to Reninghelst Area 19/20th October. The 15th battalion Durham Light Infantry stayed at Zillbeke Lake (I.20.b.). At 21/22 October the battalion was to relieve and cover the left frontline (J.11.d.40.50. to J.12.a.30.30.). The 9th battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry was on the right (J.10.d.90.10. to J.11.d.40.50.). One company of the 1st East York Regiment were in support at Joist Farm, another one at approximately J.10.c.50.70.). The other two companies were assembled together with the brigade’s headquarters at Clapham Junction. The reserve battalion (10th Yorkshire Light Infantry was in railway dug-outs (I.21.c.10.80.).
The relief of the 23th division was completed at 9.50 am. The 15th Battalion’s headquarters were established at Butte de Polygon. The front- and support lines were heavily shelled in the morning of 22th October. Private Michael Taylor presumably died during the relief.