Private William John Taylor


The background of this North Irish Horseman is not known at present.

William John Taylor enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 30 December 1914 (No.1368 – later Corps of Hussars No.71357). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France on 17 November 1915 with F Squadron, which at the time was serving as divisional cavalry to the 33rd Division.

In June 1916 F Squadron combined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until September 1917, when the regiment was disbanded and its men transferred to the infantry.

By then, however, Taylor had left his squadron, returning to the UK that July after falling ill with tonsilitis. On his recovery he returned to the Antrim reserve camp. It is not known whether he saw any further service overseas.

On 2 March 1919 Taylor was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.