Major James Craik Taylor

Biography of Major James Craik Taylor

James Craik Taylor was born on 9th April 1873 in Ayr, Ayrshire, the son of James Taylor, Governor of Barlinnie Prison and Jane Taylor (nee Craik).

James studied medicine at Anderson’s College and then the University of Glasgow, graduating MB ChB in 1896. After graduation he worked as a Physician at Stewarton Hospital, Ayrshire. He saw service in the Second Boer War in South Africa, commissioned as Surgeon Lieutenant attached to the 9th Lanarkshire Regiment in 1899. He was promoted to Surgeon Captain in 1908 and attached to the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

After his war service he set up a medical practice in Newlands on Glasgow’s South Side. He was particularly interested in nutrition, publishing a book on the subject in 1911.

As a member of the Territorial Force, Taylor was quickly called up with the RAMC when war was declared in 1914, serving in Stirling until spring of 1915 when he was attached to the Royal Scots Fusiliers and sent to the Dardanelles. He was mortally wounded at Gallipoli on the 7th June 1915 during heavy shelling of the encampments at Cape Helles, which is reported in Roy Westlake’s British Regiments at Gallipoli.

Major James Craik Taylor is buried at Lancashire Landing Cemetery along with over 1,000 other casualties from the Gallipoli Campaign.

Summary

Major James Craik Taylor
Rank: Major
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - attd. 4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: MB CM
Awards: N/A
Comments: Died of wounds, 8 June 1915
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/289

Sources

Biography: The Glasgow Medical Journal Vol LXXXIV (July - December 1915), pp. 41.

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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