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About Christopher

Christopher Taylor was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, on the 29th October 1883, the son of Christopher and Margaret Cross Taylor.  In 1904, he married Lilian Josephine Smith in Liverpool.

Christopher Taylor engaged as a trimmer in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania at Liverpool on 12th April 1915 and reported for duty on board on the morning of 17th April, before the liner left the River Mersey for the last time.

He survived the sinking three weeks later, and having been rescued from the sea, was landed at Queenstown from where he eventually got back to Liverpool.

There, he was officially discharged from the Lusitania’s final voyage and paid the balance of wages owing to him which was in respect of his sea service from 17th April to 8th May 1915 - 24 hours after the liner had gone down.

On the 12th May 1915, Christopher enlisted in the 10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment.  He served on the Western Front, was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, and was awarded the Military Medal in November 1916.

A.M. Gilchrist in his 2004 book The Liverpool Scottish 1900 - 1919 describes the event for which Christopher Taylor received his Military Medal: -

It has been said that the enemy showed no great activity in this [Riviere] sector but he did occasionally remind the Battalion of his presence by shelling the trenches or villages.  On one such occasion, 29 February [1916], he shelled a new machine-gun emplacement with a 5.9-inch gun.  The first shell wrecked the emplacement, killing two men and wounding another.  In endeavouring to remove the wounded man to a place of safety, Captain Cunningham, who had been wounded at Hooge and had not long rejoined the Battalion, was again severely wounded.  He received the Military Cross, and two men, Privates C. Taylor and J. Furlong, who afterwards assisted, under heavy shell-fire, in getting the wounded man away, received the Military Medal, as did Private J. S. Parkinson who though himself entangled in the wreckage caused by the first shell, removed the debris from on top of the wounded man before freeing himself.

Christopher Taylor died in Liverpool in 1944, aged 60 years.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Cunard Records, London Gazette, The Liverpool Scottish 1900 – 1919, Thomas Quirk.

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