‚ÄčRoyton Roll of Honour

LEONARD TAYLOR
Age:24
Date of Death:22/06/1915
Rank:Private
Service No:38962
Regiment:Royal Army Medical Corps
Cemetery:Limerick (King's Island) Military Cemetery
Grave Ref:59


Leonard Taylor was born in the Whitworth Valley village of Shawforth in 1891. His parents were James, a clogger originally from Milnrow and Annie who had been born in Bury. Leonard was their youngest child and only son. His sisters were Sarah, Clara, Eliza and Emma. By the time of the 1901 census, when Leonard was 10, his father James had already died and the family were living on Market Street in Whitworth.  In 1911 Leonard was living at 87 Clarke Street in Rochdale with his mother, sisters Emma and Eliza and Eliza's husband Frank Bamford. By that time he was employed as a piecer in one of the local cotton mills. Another move had come by the outbreak of war in 1914 as Leonard was with his mother at 572 Rochdale Road in Royton's Summit district.
Leonard enlisted in Royton in late 1914 and was attached to the 50th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps.This unit was at first attached to the 16th (Irish) Division and Leonard was based in Ireland. His unit were in Limerick in June 1915 and whilst there Leonard suffered an attack of pneumonia and died at the military hospital in Limerick on Tuesday June 22nd 1915.
A couple of days later the following notices appeared in the Rochdale Observer:

In loving remembrance of my dear son Leonard who died in the military
hospital Limerick June 22nd,1915
Gone is that dear face and form
Far above this earthly sphere
Though himself no more we see,
Comfortless we cannot be
For his spirit still is ours
From His Loving Mother
Never forgotten by His Sister Emma
and brother-in-law Sam

In memory of Private Leonard Taylor (RAMC)
who died June 22nd,1915, at Limerick,Ireland
One of the best God could land,
A sterling pal and a faithful friend
From His Pal Leonard Norris