Driver Jack Taylor

21 Sep 1944

Jack Taylor was the son of Sam and Sarah Taylor and the husband of Joyce Taylor, of Royton, Lancashire. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Driver Taylor successfully completed his despatcher training, and was posted to 223 Air Despatch Company, Royal Army Service Corps and took part in operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Dvr Taylor was killed in action on 21 September 1944, aged 27, when RAF 48 Squadron, Dakota KG-417, base Down Ampney, was hit by the load from another Dakota, lost a wing, and crashed north of Driel on the southern bank of the river Rhine. There were no survivors and all eight casualties were given a field burial by the side of the crashed plane and were re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 21 April 1947. (Roll of Honour, 5th Revised edition, 2011)

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