WOODSTOCK REMEMBERS

SERVICE RECORD

Names
Surname
TAYLOR
Forname(s)
Sydney John
Birthplace
Woodstock 1868
Family
Parents
John, leather grounder, and Mary Ann
Siblings
Beatrice Emily, Ralph and Kate (1891 Census)
Sydney John, William Brotherton, Beatrice Emily, Herbert Brotherton, Ralph. (1881 Census)


Address(es)
Oxford Street (1871 Census) Old Woodstock (1881 Census) Back Lane (1901 Census) 5 New Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire Married 14 years with 7 children, 6 living 1 died ((1911 Census)
Occupation
Sydney John (28) Glover, cutter at the Leather Glover Factory living Brook Hill Woodstock (1911 Census)
Sydney married Clara May Pittick 1896 ; children, Nora M, John C, Ralph Pittick Taylor, Louisa Evelyn, Sidney Arthur, Hilda Beatrice, Charles Frederick.
Sidney's youngest son, Sidney Arthur, ran Taylor's Grocer's shop (now the Buttery) Gillian his daughter was born in one of the bedrooms. Gillian still lives in Woodstock
Service

Rank: Private

Number: 88051

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, Army Veterinary Corps

Death
Sydney originally enlisted in 1887, the year after his father died; he joined the RFA at Colchester as Gunner 65219, served in India and South Africa during the Boer War, discharged in 1903; re-enlisted in 1914. Attested in Oxford on 29 August at the age of 44 yrs 9 months, with the RFA as Gunner 88051. Listed as ‘at the front’ (P. Mag April 1915) and served in France from Oct 1914 to 15 July 1915 when he was transferred to the RAVC after being gassed; discharged 10 Sept 1918 as unfit, awarded Silver Badge 448162; died at home in Woodstock in 1924 aged 56. Taylor Sidney John of 5 New Road Hensington Without near Woodstock, Oxfordshire died 29 May 1924. Administration Oxford 12 July to Clara May Taylor widow. Effects £560 5s.4d.
Burial
Hensington Cemetery, Woodstock. We have not been able to find his headstone.

Related Imagery
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Researched by: Alice Hipkiss
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Oxfordshire/Woodstock.html
Ancestry, 'Photos credit of CWGC'. Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Local collection, Woodstock (Parish magazine) Oxfordshire County Museum, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock,
Local Historian Patricia Crutch.