Captain Peter Taylor

15 Apr 2014

Peter Taylor enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers in December 1941, and was commissioned in October 1942 into 9th Battalion King's Regiment.

He was then posted to Airborne Forces Depot Hardwick Hall as an Admin Officer, and then became a Platoon Commander in 1st Battalion The Border Regiment.

Captain Taylor was subsequently posted to 12th (Airborne) Battalion The Devonshire Regiment. He was sent to Normandy in June 1944 for the D Day Operations, and although the unit was Airborne, arrived by landing craft as there were not enough gliders. After D Day, the Company took part in the attack on Breville, where Captain Taylor was wounded and evacuated back to the UK.

After recovery from his wounds he went on to take part in actions in the Ardennes. He then took part in Operation Varsity the Rhine Crossing on 24 March 1945.

The Battalion returned to England via Luneburg heath on 19 May 1945. At the end of the war in Europe he was posted to the Far East where he served as Company Commander and Adjutant until his demobilisation in March 1947.

Peter married Enid, and had a son, Peter.

Peter Taylor died on 15 April 2014, aged 90.

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David John Woods said:
Lt. Peter Taylor (249189)
(2nd Lieut. Kings Regt. 17.10.1942)
(W.S./Lieut. Kings Regt. 17.04.1943)
Att. 12th (Airborne Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment
O.C. 20 Platoon 'D' Coy 12th Devons, Normandy
12th (Airborne Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment disbanded November, 1945
(T/Capt. Kings Regt. 02.02.1946)
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