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From Balloonatic to Surgeon: Wm. Thomas Taylor

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

Lieut/Capt W. T. Taylors dates are of interest:-
1895 born Belfast.
30-2-1916 Accepted as an Observer on probation (Lieut Royal Irish Fusiliers)
27-8-1916 Attd No 10 Sqn RFC (flying Be2c aircraft)
18-10-1916 Attd 10 Kite Balloon Section RFC
18-10-1916 Attd 3 Kite Balloon Section RFC (originally a Royal Engineers heavier than air unit)
Leave 4-12-1916 to 14-12-1916
28-1-1917 Qualified Balloon Officer RFC
8-4-1917 Appointed Balloon Officer
and transferred to the General List (from Royal Irish Fusiliers)
8-4-1917  Appointed Acting Balloon Commander 
8-4-1917 Posted to 10 Balloon School RFC
21-8-1917 To Home Establishment
26-3-1918 Equipment Officer 1st Class
and to be Temporary Capt.
I also found his final retirement in the 30 Sep 1949 LG 1823708466_LG30Sep1949Retires6Aug1949MedService.jpg.6b816bf44557dc81e640bf5bfc6bb50f.jpgas (off-topic!) Lt-Col., OBE (MZ/8795), Special List (Ex-Indian Army), British Army, Medical Service.

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ICM - RAF Retd

With apologies for not having noticed Lt Taylor's brief time with 10 Sqn until now, I can confirm that he flew as an Observer.  The Squadron was based at Chocques at the time, operating with a mix of BE2c and BE2d aircraft.  The first record is from 31 August, below.  He may have had a prior practice flight with a look at the local area, but we don't appear to have the records for August 1916 - this one is filed with those for September.  The last record I've found is from 14 October - a Practice Contact Patrol cut short by engine problems.  I've nothing to shed light on why his fixed wing time was so short before moving into the balloon world.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear ICM,

Many thanks indeed for this - confirming his brief time flying from the front-seat of a 10 Sqn RFC 449097203_ObvLt-ColW.T.TaylorOBERFC-IMS.jpg.16496863dcd2f75c2484c0de1c9de2f8.jpg1893031535_BWMandVictorynaming.jpg.95f474ae9e48f07a53e75eac9284c305.jpg2146623146_RevLieutLt-ColW.T.TaylorOBEgroup.jpg.814e915584b2fe4b70c9d1a32c4f1b19.jpgBe2c. Super!

I would imagine he would have responded to a call for Balloon Officers at the time. Much the same as Regiments displayed notices to join the Indian Army, for example.

Interestingly, I also hold the medals of Lt-Col F. E. Elliot, who, as a RGA officer attd to the RFC, was an Obs with 15 Sqn (wounded over Bullecourt in a Be2c, 1917).

I have just now actually received the Lt-Col W. T. Taylor (late Royal Irish Fusiliers, General List attd RFC, and Indian Medical Service) medals, with 'R.F.C.' impressed.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear All, with thanks to 10 Sqn!

The then Lieut William Thomas Taylor in fact flew fairly extensively in Be2c and Be2d Army Reconnaissance aircraft with 10 Sqn RFC in September 1916.

He flew with Pilots: 2/Lt W. A. Porkess; Capt A. O. O'Hara Wood; 2/Lt. J. A. Simpson; and 2/Lt. S. W. Dampier, for example.

Kindest regards,

Kim.356675414_10Sqn15Sep1916.png.f2cd8f524088f76afa7497219487e214.png

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear David, Alf, SeaJane, Graeme, Charlie, Ian - all of you and above all the Great War Forum as a whole,

Many thanks for helping me to get to the bottom of the conundrum, which is the Life of a Great War soldier, airman, and later doctor.

Perhaps fittingly, in the end it was due to my own finding of Great War Belfast Clippings (Nigel Henderson) - thanks Nigel - which produced that longed-for and elusive Portrait of the gallant and capable Irishman William Thomas Taylor: as a 2Lt Royal Irish Fusiliers ca. 1914. 

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

Taylor, William Thomas, Lieutenant, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Cliftonpark Avenue Belfast, Unspecified, Belfast Tech.jpg

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All, and Stephen,

Here is the circa 1914 (I have not been able to find his First Commission gazetted) Portrait, probably taken in Belfast, of 2Lt or Lieut William Thomas Taylor (born 1895).

He was a Royal Irish Fusiliers subaltern at the time.

Stephen kindly gave it the Restoration Treatment, for which I am very grateful - thereby giving the l1187272850_Lt-ColW.T.TaylorOBERestoration.jpg.7f56b522a9449f69841ecabb1d72167c.jpgong-neglected Image a new lease of life. Super!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear All,

Here is the Portrait (commissioned 26 September 1914), with 19 year old 2Lt. William Thomas Taylor's tie in a 548527873_2LtW.T.Taylor2ndRestoration.jpg.14f622570a44274be6ec44a2dbd1c4ec.jpgmilitary hue...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All (thanks, Dave),

Here are more (Dr) W. T. Taylor clippings.

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Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

After much searching and juggling with The Gazette, I found the promotion to T/Lieut of Irishman William Thomas Taylor, 8th Bn., Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

dated 1 February 1915 (in the 1 May 1915 LG Supplement).

What I failed to find, despite trying various variations of his rank and middle initial, was his first Commission dated 26 September 1914...!

Can a clever GWF member find that one, please? 

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear All,

A 1917 Army List (RFC Military Wing - Balloons) listing Balloon Officers has been found, with 'Taylor, Temp. Lt., W. T.' (7 Apr 1917; 1 Feb 1915).

He is happily juxtaposed with 'Hodges, Lt., A. G. A. 4 Bn. North'n R.' - the erudite author of the 1974 book "Memoirs of an Old Balloonatic". 

Furthermore, page 196b lists no less than three Balloon Officers by the name of Lamb, but G. E. S. Lamb (35 Kite Balloon Section) 75750704_1917ArmyListBalloonOffrs.jpg.8487eea007491ca07fff073c5eb4c920.jpg2095642237_LtLamb35Section1stjump.jpg.02029b6a10b0e8bf60941e09da3bba89.jpgis the subject of the parachuting saga.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

I also found W. T. Taylor - and A. G. A. Hodges (before his severe wounding when liaising at an Artillery HQ which which was hit) - 703762546_1918ArmyList.jpg.66b1ab8c9b3273103a9084a73ef94988.jpgin a 1918 Army List, too.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

 

 

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Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear a589484381_BWMImpressednaming.JPG.5e2c967b9fcffaed8b2bbe70b55e1617.JPGll Great War Forum enthusiasts,

Son Philip visited with his family and kindly photographed the impressed naming on the erstwhile Balloon Officer and later Indian Medical Service Lt.-Colonel's British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear All,

There were two flyer officers in the RFC by the n1523187334_ViaClark5.jpg.2d549724c72584afe546fac88938a1ae.jpg657011203_MedalrollViaClark6.jpg.70bde9ca62c91a1c323bd909e3c51933.jpg1809122091_1922MICviaDavidOwen.png.3def09585cfb1291ec59eb1d368882d0.png745019863_1922MICRev.png.9c846fead285c71ae8a07907b19e551f.pngame of W. T. Taylor.

The BWM and Victory medal roll for the (wrong) one has been found, see his MIC.

Can the medal roll for the "right"  W. T. Taylor (see his Medal Index Card sans medal roll Code) possibly be found, please…?

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear All,

'Parachuting under Fire' Leave? In the Alan Morris book "The Balloonatics" (Jarrolds, London, 1970), he noted a Balloon Officer having been shot down and parachuted, having received apparently customary parachuting under fire Leave.

This could pos1303148021_ParachuteunderfireLeave.jpg.feb115f62076cffc059540e5b2f941ee.jpg423578497_W.T.TaylorCas.cardviaGWFCharlie.jpg.79cb941f3158ea523f4b1dfb19c7cd49.jpgsibly explain the 10 Days' Leave enjoyed by Lieut. W. T. Taylor, from 4 December to 14 December 1916...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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