Lt. Frederick Ambrose Taylor


A lot of genealogy is on the web on this man. Given his 4 marriages, there are a lot of people interested. Ancestry tree among many others

1896 Jun 19. Born Yorkshire Reg Jul/Sep 1986

1900 circa. His father,an Engine driver goes to Durban. His wife and son follow after the 1901 English  census

1901 census in Loftus , Yorkshire

1902 Family went to South Africa 1902/1907. He lived in South Africa until  around 1913 when he moved to England . He lived with his Parents George and Louisa Taylor and brother George (born 1908 in South Africa) at 124 Railway Cottages,Newtown Johannesburg.

1905 - 1910 attended the Avenue Government School in Braamfortein .

1913 Mar He returned to UK. He worked as a marine engineer for Richardsons Westgath Co Ltd in Commercial Street before joining the Royal Flying Corps and served in France as  a Pilot .

1915 Jun 25. Agatha Cussons married Frederick Ambrose Taylor and they lived at 19 Cadogan Street Middlesbrough.. F A Taylor, resident at 65 Brompton Street, Middlesbrough. A B Cussons resident at Iona House, Croydon Road, Middlesbrough. They had a daughter on 28 Feb 1918 called  Merle. Frederick Ambrose Taylor and Agatha Bessie Cussons were 2nd cousins. His grandmother, Mary Jane Hodgson (nee Stonehouse) was a sister to Elizabeth Stonehouse (B 1834 Mickleby, dies 1877 Whitby) who married George Cussons. Frederick's mother, Louisa Margaret Hodgson, and John Henry Cussons were full cousins.

RAF Record

Frederick Ambrose Taylor was a pilot in the RFC, Royal Flying Corps (predecessor of the RAF), having joined in 1916.  His service record, AIR/76/496 ref 581, and does not specify any particular unit(s) he was posted to.He started in Oxford and went to 5RS (No. 5 Reserve Squadron [these squadrons were later redesignated Training Squadrons, which much accurately describes their real purpose] and was based at Castle Bromwich for all of 1916). He goes from W.sp com to N.E.P and a comment says wounded 07/01/1917.  In 1918 he is at RAF Paris and is invalided home to England 06/11/1918.  NEP might probably be Non-Effective Pool (not a unit but an administrative 'pigeon hole ' for the likes of those who were sick or wounded).2Lt Frederick Ambrose Taylor RFC was wounded twice and sent back to UK.  Details on his record says to BEF but not to a particular squadron.He probably wasn't wounded, possibly injured.  There is a Casualty Card at Hendon RAF Museum, almost certainly for him, which notes he got into a 'side-slip' in MF Shorthorn 2953 on 7th Jan 1917 whilst with 5 Reserve Squadron and crashed.  The first instance of wounding may refer to whilst he was learning to fly.  He may have been in France,  but much later, and not necessarily with a front line unit.  Invalided home in November 1918 was the fate of many RFC ranks, of all levels.  There is no RAF Casualty Report from France for a 2Lt Frederick Ambrose Taylor RFC.  His service record states - unfit G + HS 6 Mos LD 3 mos 23.7.17   A Medical Board Examination of 23 July 1917 possibly considered his health was such that he was unfit for General and/or Home Service Duty for 6months and recommended LD, probably Light Duties, for 3months.

1917 Jan 1. Wounded. There is a Casualty Card at Hendon RAFM almost certainly for him which notes he got into a side-slip in MF Shorthorn 2953 on 7th Jan 1917 whilst with 5 Reserve Squadron and crashed . So the first reference refers to whilst he was learning to fly.

1917 Nov 29 Commissioned 2nd Lt in RAF

1918 Nov 6. Invalided home to England

1918 Nov 30. Agatha Bessie Taylor aged 23 of 19 Cadogan street Middlesbrough died from a revolver wound to the head accidentally inflicted by herself. An inquest was held on 2/12/1918 . The death  was then registered on 3/12/1918.In the Times on 2/12/1918 it said Mrs Taylor ,wife of Lieutenant Taylor( he was RAF) was examining a revolver belonging to her husband when it went off .

1920 Feb 21. . Marriage to Ethel Nora Stuart Age: 24 at Aston, Warwickshire, England . He is described on the certificate as Widower. His daughter was not with him so likely with her grandparents  Ann and John Henry Cussons. He was married to my grandmother born 1897 -  but they separated when my mother was born in 1923. We knew he was from South Africa but my grandmother would never talk about him and in those days there was no way of tracking people down. My mother is still alive aged 87 and has her birth certificate and her parents wedding certificate.

1920 Dec 8. Joined ADRIC with service no 1197. Posted to L Coy

1922 Jan 20. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Nov 15. Enlists in Tank Corps as a fitter

1923 I think I am related to Frederick Ambrose Tayler born 1896. He is my grandfather - my mother was born in 1923 at Camp Bovington but never knew her father.

1923 Dec 1. Transfers to RAF

1931. After August 1931 when he left the RAF in England he went to Canada.

He appears to have left his 2nd wife in late 1920s. His nickname was Buck and he tended to be called Fred rather than Frederick. He returns sometime before the end of 1936 and in 1937 is living in Gloucester in England .

1937 Marries in England to Ruby Towers at London

1939 Register. Living with Ruby at 9 Cumberland Avenue , Hornchurch U.D., Essex, He is an Aircraft Estimating Engineer

1939 Oct 14. Found drunk

1944 Mar 23. His wife Ruby died at Hendon, Middlesex aged 32

1945 Oct 3. Marriage to Rozsa Adorjan formerly Rozsa (Rose) Adorjan formerly Gross aka Galambos ( Age: 50 at Brighton, Sussex, England - she was born in Hungary in 1898)

1964 Apr 8. Died. TAYLOR Frederick Ambrose of 6 Lundhurst Square Peckham London at Dulwich Hospital London S.E. 22. Administration London 9th June to Rozsa TAYLOR Widow. Effects 481Pounds