George Edward Taylor was the eldest son of John and Hannah Taylor and was born in Oakham around 1890. The family lived throughout his life in Oakham, for a time at John Street and also later at 24, Finkey Street. He was a member of the Oakham Company of the Leicestershire Territorial Force, having joined when it was formed in 1908. He volunteered for active service overseas at the outbreak of the First World War, and went out with the battalion on 27 February 1915. At some point it seems he transferred to the Dorset Yeomanry taking part in all the fighting in which the battalion was engaged until he was invalided home in 1918. He died of pneumonia on 1 November 1918, just ten days before the the war ended. George is buried at Oakham Cemetery, grave 18.19 and has a Commonwealth War Graves headstone. His grave is at the very bottom of the cemetery on the left hand side. He is buried beside another First World War soldier from the town, Leonard Smith. George is also remembered on the war memorial in All Saints' churchyard. He was 29. Two of his brothers, Alfred and Fred, also served during the war and survived.
George is pictured below at a pre war training camp with other Oakham Territorials. He is back row left holding a bugle. The picture is kindly supplied by Janet Banks whose grandfather is pictured bottom right. Janet says George was known as "Mushi."
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