Harry Taylor was born in 1879 in Derby, Derbyshire. By 1881 he was living with his grandparents Henry and Sarah Taylor at 55 Park Street, Thame, Oxfordshire. When he signed up to the army in 1896, Harry was working as a labourer in Thame.
In his despatch of 2nd April 1901 Lord Roberts says: “To do justice to the excellent work done by the Army Service Corps during the war, and to give lengthy details of the magnitude of the task assigned to this department, are beyond the limits of a paragraph in a despatch.”
Harry Taylor transferred from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry to the Royal Army Service Corps after 4 months. 12683 Driver Harry Taylor, Royal Army Service Corps died on duty in Mafeking, South Africa on Tuesday 19th November 1901, aged 22. Formerly 4579 Ox & Bucks LI.
Harry Taylor is buried in South Africa. He is remembered at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Aldershot and the Boer War memorial plaque at St Mary’s Church, Thame.