Grangetown War project still marking 100th anniversaries

12 February 2016

It is 18 months since the Grangetown World War One project was launched – aimed at researching and commemorating all the local men who died.

Although most of the attention came at the start of the war, the project is still marking the 100th anniversary of each death as it occurs.

There are also still some significant milestones to mark this year – the Battle of Jutland in May and the Somme in July – which had a number of Grangetown casualties.

As we go along, the project from Grangetown Local History Society has been tweeting each anniversary on @GrangetownWWI and also telling stories of those there are more details for.

There is also still research into names for which scant or no details are known, so they can be added to the online memorial.

The latest commemoration for Friday 12th February is for Rifleman Joseph Taylor, whose ancestors have provided photos and more information. For some reason his name was missed off the war memorial in Grange Gardens, but has been added to the dozens more on the online memorial.

Joseph was born at 2 Oakley Street in Grangetown in September 1886, the youngest and last child born to Eliza Taylor, who was in her 40s. He had five brothers and two sisters, the eldest Emily was already 26 when he was born.

The family had moved from Gloucestershire and moved again to Barry in March 1901. At 14, Joseph worked as a baker’s assistant while his father John and brothers worked in the docks.

Joseph was living back in Grangetown, in Clive Street, and working as a docks labourer by the time he got married in May 1913 at St Paul’s. His bride Edie (pictured with him above), who had also been brought up near the Taylors in Oakley Street, was living with her widowed mother at 25 Warwick Street. Her father had died of TB when she was eight. This is where Joseph and Edie’s daughter Violet Elizabeth Taylor was born on 1 February 1914.

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Joseph is pictured here – standing second from the right

When war broke out, Joseph enlisted in Barry. He died in Belgium on 12th February 1916, aged 29, while serving with the Rifle Brigade, a few days after Violet’s second birthday.

You can read more about the Grangetown war memorial project here – including a list of all those who died.

Thanks to Michael Brown, Joseph’s grandson

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