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PostSubject: Gunner William George Taylor   Tue May 09, 2017 6:11 pm

Posted on behalf of forum member Raine Taylor

"My great grandfather - Gunner William George Taylor was an Isandlwana survivor. i have a copy of a letter [have seen the original - very faded] written on the 28th January 1879 from Helpmekaar.
In this letter to his wife and children he mentions Captain Russell - "he said to me: 'give me my horse, Taylor, and get mounted, for they are coming in hundreds on us.' That was the last I ever saw of him."
I haven't seen his name mentioned anywhere - maybe I haven't been looking long enough?
He received a medal. Would appreciate any information available. Thank you."
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner William George Taylor   Tue May 09, 2017 8:34 pm

There's a 2191 Gunner W. Taylor 11 Battery 7th Bde (same Battery as Russell) in the medal roll entitled to the 1879 clasp.

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PostSubject: Re: Gunner William George Taylor   Tue May 09, 2017 8:37 pm

Raine could you post or send me a photo of the letter in question (If Possible)
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner William George Taylor   Wed May 10, 2017 3:23 pm

An 1879 clasp would not really apply to an Isandhlwana survivor surely. It would be an 1877-8-9 clasp. It's still possible though. Russell of course was from 11/7 Bde. I wonder whether Taylor was Russell's batman and accompanied him to the front? I'll try to dig some more. Admin/Raine - do state whether there's anything which would help identify him from the letter.
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PostSubject: Gnr William George Taylor    Wed May 10, 2017 4:09 pm

Hi Julian
You may well be correct in assuming W.G.Taylor was Russell's Batman , there are 99 on the roll of 7 Bgde / 11 Bty entitled to the 1879 Clasp , Francis Broadfoot Russell is also one of those 99 . Russell is the only one listed on this Roll as being KIA Isandlwana . Lt Nicholson is listed as DOW 30 / 3 / 79 which we know was a result of being wounded at Kambula .
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PostSubject: Re: Gunner William George Taylor   Wed May 10, 2017 4:46 pm

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Exactly.  I think we have to wait for Raine/Admin and THAT letter.
It's interesting that overall the Narrative of Field Operations shows that the Rocket Battery consisted of Russell and 9 men.  It has always been assumed that the 9 consisted of Goff plus 8 soldiers attached from the 1/24th.  Of course, not all the 1/24th soldiers' names are known - only 4 of them - so it may well be that the remaining 4 were in fact not all from the 1/24th but instead were an 11/7 batman and 3 1/24th men.  Intriguing.
How would that work out in terms of the battery?  2 men to hold the horses, 1 to hold the mules, and 6 to operate and load the two rocket tubes.  sounds right.


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PostSubject: Gnr William George Taylor    Wed May 10, 2017 4:50 pm

Hi Julian
Not sure exactly , as its 1.50 am here its time for bed , I'll check through some books etc tomorrow to see if I can can find that information . Yes it does seem to be that they weren't all 1 / 24th men in the RB after reading this thread .
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