Albert Edward Taylor was born on 11 October and baptised on 5 December 1897 at St Paul's Church, Macclesfield, the son of Mary and John Thomas Taylor, a corn miller of 15 Mount Terrace, Buxton Road, Macclesfield. In 1901, three-year-old Albert was living at that address with his parents and siblings Mary Elizabeth (13), George (11) and John Thomas (9). By 1911 the family had moved to 32 Union Road, Macclesfield, and Albert was working as an office boy for the Hovis company.
The family later lived at 33 Jackson St, Sutton, south Macclesfield.
Albert enlisted in Macclesfield in 1916 and was drafted to Belgium in March 1917. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 October 1917:
A FATAL BULLET - KILLED IN THE BIG PUSH
Mrs Taylor, 32 Union Rd, Macclesfield, has been informed that her son, Pte A E Taylor, Lancs Fusiliers, has been killed in action. The painful intelligence was contained in the following letter from a comrade:- "It pains me greatly to write... informing you of the death of your... son Albert, who was killed within five minutes of going into action on the morning of Oct. 9th by a bullet. Death was instantaneous. No doubt you will have read... about the recent advance in which the battalion played a big part. It was in this push that some of the best lads who ever left England's shores... met their fate heroically, without flinching, for their country's cause. Your son was extremely popular and well-liked by all in the company, and as a friend I can assure you he was invaluable. He and I enlisted on the same day and met first of all at Chester. We were in the same barrack-room and slept next to each other. We have been the best of chums during our Army career. I cannot realise having lost such a friend..."
Pte Taylor was only nineteen years of age and would have celebrated his twentieth birthday had he lived two days longer. He was educated at St Paul's day school and attended the church, being a member of the choir as a boy. In civil life, Pte Taylor was employed in the traffic office at the Hovis and joined the Army twelve months ago. He had been in France since the beginning of March. Two brothers are serving: Corporal John Thomas Taylor, who is acting as an instructor at a training depot in England; and Pte George Frederick Taylor, Royal Army Medical Corps, stationed at Birmingham.
Private Albert Taylor has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 54 to 60 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Albert Taylor, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Albert Taylor is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church and St Paul's Church war memorials.
Brother of John Thomas Taylor, who served as L/Cpl 24913 with the 11th Sussex Regiment; and George Frederick Taylor, who served as Private 119909 with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Both survived the war.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past)
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
WWI Absent Voters Lists: Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Macclesfield Times: 26 October 1917
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.