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Norman Robertson Taylor
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- Rank: Captain
- Awards: Military Cross
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 5th Battalion attached to 8th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 28
- Date of Death: 03.05.1917
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Arras Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Bay 6
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- Occupation: Taylor Brothers, Coal Merchants, Dundee
Helen Howe Taylor, “Erinville” 25 Shamrock St, Dundee
Thomas Barron Taylor, “Erinville” 25 Shamrock St, Dundee
More about Norman Robertson Taylor
Norman Robertson Taylor Captain Black Watch
DUNDEE OFFICER GAINS MILITARY CROSS
FOR SERVICES RENDERED AT CRITICAL MOMENT ON THE SOMME.
Captain Norman R. Taylor, Black Watch, has been awarded the Military Cross. Captain Norman Taylor, who is the only son of Mr T. B. Taylor, Maryfield, Dundee, has been at the front for over two years, and news of the honour which has been conferred upon him will be learned with great gratification by a large circle of friends. The Military Cross has been given to Captain Taylor for successful services rendered by him on his own initiative at a critical moment during the fighting on the Somme.
Quite recently Captain Taylor was granted a short leave, and he spent his holiday with his friends in Dundee.
Dundee Courier 20th December 1916
Lieut. (temporary Captain) Norman Robertson Taylor, Royal Highlanders, who was in the support line, came up to the firing line and organised the defence of the left flank. Later he organised and led bombing attacks with great courage and determination.
Dundee Courier 11th January 1917
DUNDEE OFFICER WHO GAINED MILITARY CROSS
IS REPORTED WOUNDED AND MISSING.
Mr T. B. Taylor, 25 Shamrock Street, Dundee, has received official intimation that his son, Captain Norman Taylor, M.C., Black Watch, is reported to have been wounded and missing since 3rd May.
Captain Taylor, who is an only son, was an officer in the Territorial Force when war broke out, and in the latter part of 1914 he went with his battalion to the front, then holding the rank of a lieutenant. In July last he was transferred to a regular battalion, and was afterwards promoted captain. He gained the Military Cross in the Somme for successful services rendered by him on his own initiative at a critical moment during the fighting.
Captain Taylor was associated with his father in the firm of Messrs Taylor Brothers, coal merchants, Dundee.
Dundee Evening Telegraph 10th May 1917
GALLANT DUNDEE OFFICER MISSING.
GAINED MILITARY CROSS AT THE SOMME.
Captain Norman Taylor, M.C., Black Watch, is reported wounded and missing since 3rd May.
Captain Taylor, who is the only son of Mr T. B. Taylor, 25 Shamrock Street, Dundee, was connected with the Territorial Force when war broke out, and the battalion in which he was a lieutenant was the first Scottish Territorial to be drafted to France. With the exception of short furloughs, he has been at the front ever since. He was engaged in the Somme fighting in July last, during which he gained the Military Cross for successful services rendered by him on his own initiative at a critical moment. He was promoted Captain in 1915.
He was associated with his father in the conduct of the firm of Messrs Taylor Brothers, coal merchants, Dundee.
Dundee Courier 11th May 1917
TAYLOR___ Captain Norman R. Taylor, M.C., the Black Watch, posted wounded and missing, 3d May, 1917, now officially reported killed in action, only son of Mr and Mrs T. B. Taylor Shamrock Street Dundee.
Dundee Courier 9th July 1918
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