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St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France
First Name: William Daniel Last Name: TAYLOR
Date of Death: 05/12/1917 Lived/Born In: Abbey Wood
Rank: Private Unit: London19
Memorial Site: St Pancras Parish Church

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St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France

 

At the end of November and beginning of December, 1917, 47th Division had been heavily involved in the final stages of the Battle of Cambrai. On 29th and 30th November the 19th London battalion of 141 Brigade, in a support position in Bourlon Wood, were so heavily bombarded by mustard and phosgene gas shells that only seventy of their number remained fit for duty. The rest were withdrawn and where possible were taken back to base hospitals in Rouen or on the coast where many were to die over the next few days. William Taylor, who died of wounds on 5th December was likely to have been one of these gas victims.

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