Lance Corporal John Taylor

Biography of Lance Corporal John Taylor

Born in Glasgow on 18 July 1896, John Taylor was the son of school teacher Archibald Taylor and Caroline Anderson Taylor of 197 Onslow Drive. In May 1914, having completed his secondary education at Whitehill School in Glasgow, John enrolled for a summer session at the Royal Technical College, forerunner of the University of Strathclyde. He attended the popular course on Botany, which consisted of fourteen lectures on flowering plants, ferns, fungi and algae, plus five excursions to examine flora and fauna.

Taylor started university in 1914, studying Zoology and Chemistry in his first year as part of the Medical curriculum. He certainly made a promising start to university life – winning the Zoology Medal and topping his class under the instruction of John Graham Kerr.

However, he did not continue his studies in the following session. As the Great War intensified, John left University to join the 9th Battalion (Glasgow Highlanders) of the Highland Light Infantry. Lance Corporal John Taylor was killed on 17 March 1918, aged 21, and is buried at the Nine Elms British Cemetery in Belgium. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow.


Lance Corporal John Taylor
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: 15th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Archives: R8/5/35/8, SEN10/57

With thanks to Anne Cameron for providing information from the University of Strathclyde records.

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