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Pte 47134, West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion The Leeds Pals.

September 1897: Alfred Norman Taylor was born to Michael Hall Taylor and Elizabeth Ann Wilson. He was the youngest of five other children; Evelyn, John Avery, Angus, Tom and Edith Mary. They are listed as living at  19 Oxford St., Grangetown, County Durham.

Before the war, he worked as an apprentice ironmonger.

It is not known at what point Alfred joined the army; but he was not awarded the 1915 star which suggests he joined up at a later date.

He served in France.

3rd March 1918: He was listed as missing.

27th March 1918: Alfred was captured by the German forces at Ervillers and sent to Parchim. (Source: ICRC Archives)

November 1918: He remained at the POW camp until the end of the war.

After he returned home, Alfred applied for an army pension on the grounds that his time in captivity had affected his health. His application was rejected.

He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal when his service was over. It is not known what Alfred went on to do after the war.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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