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ReferenceYDX 731
TitleWilliam Taylor, 3rd Battalion Irish guards
DescriptionWilliam Taylor (dob 5 Aug 1922) from Workington was a Steel Erector's Helper at Distington Haematite Iron Works when he was called up for the Army in 1942. He joined the Irish Guards, training at Caterham and serving in Western Europe. He landed in Normandy on D-Day +2 and was promoted on the battlefield to Corporal. He was injured in Sep 1944 in lead up to Arnhem. He was sent to St Hugh's College Oxford which was the Military Hospital for treating head injuries. On recovery he continued to serve in the Guards regiment until discharged as Sergeant in 1946. He returned to Workington and worked at High Duty Alloys. He died in 1989.
His wife Margaret (known as Peggy) lived with her family at 11 Cumberland Street, Workington for the duration of the war. They were married in 1941 and their daughter was born in May 1942 shortly after William joined up. Their son was born in Oct 1945
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