Name: TAYLOR, Walter Horace
Regiment / Service: National Fire Service
Date of Death: 23/12/1940
Grave / Memorial Ref: 1249.
Additional info: Died at Christie’s Hospital, Manchester. Walter Horace Taylor was the son of James and Mary Ann (Nee Chamley). Husband of Bessie Taylor (Nee Marsden). His Father was the Fire Chief in Clitheroe and was brought up in the Fire Station House. Our research indicates that this was a red brick building where the Castle Chippy now stands, opposite the Brown Cow and the Emporium on Moor Lane. Walter was a part time fireman but became full time for the duration of the war and was drafted, along with other Clitheroe firemen to Manchester due to the serious bombing taking place. During one such bombing raid some of the crew were injured but a piece of shrapnel badly injured Walter, who subsequently died. Buried Clitheroe Cemetery Grave Number 1249. Interred 28/12/1940. A memorial to Walter Horace Taylor along with Corporal Charles Dewhurst is positioned in the new Fire Station in Clitheroe who was also a fireman but joined the Armed Forces and died on the 14/12/1943 and buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Chieti, Italy. Served in the Royal Fusilers. Aged 30.