2nd Lieutenant Matthew Neilson Taylor

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Neilson Taylor

Matthew Neilson Taylor was born at 44 Gloucester Street in Glasgow, on the 17th December 1894, and was the youngest son of William and Jane Taylor. The family lived at 3 Holmbank Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow, and Matthew attended the nearby Shawlands High School.

Matthew completed preliminary examinations in 1912 in English, Higher Mathematics, Higher Latin, and Higher Greek. Passes in these subject saw him gain a place at the University of Glasgow, and he matriculated in the College of Arts in 1913. In his first year, Matthew studied Latin and Greek.

Matthew's University career was cut short by the outbreak of war. Rather than matriculating for a second year, in October 1914 he enlisted in the Cameron Highlanders. In November 1917, he obtained a commission to the Machine Gun Corps, and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

2nd Lieutenant Matthew Neilson Taylor was killed on the 27th August, 1918, aged 23. He is remembered with Honour at Miraumont Communal Cemetery, and in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.


2nd Lieutenant Matthew Neilson Taylor
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/524, 1247
Photo ID: N/A


With thanks to Barbara Holliday for supplying additional information and an image of Matthew.

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