James Shepherd Taylor

Biography of James Shepherd Taylor

James Shepherd Taylor was a minister who served as a Chaplain attached to the Highland Light Infantry during World War II. He was killed in action in 1944.

Born in Perth on the 3rd December 1900, to Peter Taylor, a printer-compositor and Helen Shepherd, James studied at Perth Academy and the University of Glasgow, gaining his MA in 1922.

He was licensed by the Presbytery of Perth in June 1925 and served as an assitant at New Kilpatrick Parish Church, before moving to Buenos Aires. He was ordained there in 1926, and became minister in charge of the Northern Suburbs in 1927.

He returned to Stevenson Memorial Church, Glasgow, in 1933. He was in charge of the Church of Scotland activities at the Empire Exhibition in 1938, drawing on his skills in communication.

In 1940, James enlisted as a Chaplain to the Forces with the Highland Light Infantry. He was greatly respected by the soldiers and four hundred joined the Church while he was padre.

James was killed on the 30th June 1944 when a shell exploded while he was visiting a regimental aid post. He was buried in St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France. He was survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two sons.


James Shepherd Taylor
Born 3 December 1900, Perth, Scotland.
Died 30 June 1944.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1922; Arts,
Father's Details: Peter Taylor; Writer
War Service: Chaplain to the Forces
Grave / Memorial: St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France
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Record last updated: 18th Mar 2022

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