Born on 15th March 1888 at Bakewell, Derbyshire, son of solicitor, Herbert and Mary Taitt Brooke Taylor, West Bank, Cemetery Road, Bakewell. Arthur was educated at Lady Manners School, Bakewell, and Cheltenham College, on leaving he took an engineering course at Manchester University, and gained his certificate. He obtained a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), and while serving with this battalion, passed the Hythe Course with distinction and was appointed to command the machine gun section, He was promoted Lieutenant in September 1907. As his business necessitated his residence nearer Manchester that Bakewell he applied to be attached for training to the 6th Manchester’s, and declining a captaincy in his old battalion, he was transferred in the spring 1914. He took up residency with his Aunt Mary Taylor, at ‘Heathcote’ St Johns Road, Knutsford; his business was Heating and Ventilating Engineer. With the Manchester’s he was appointed Instructor of Musketry to the battalion. On the outbreak of hostilities he volunteered and went to Egypt with the East Lancashire Division, 10/09/1914. From here he eventually was drafted to the Dardanelles where he landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli in May 1915. Arthur was killed in action 4th June 1915, aged 27 years.
His Colonel wrote: “I do not think it possible to speak to highly of his character and qualities. During the time of training, from mobilisation up to the end of time in Egypt, he was untiring in his special work of pushing on the musketry instruction of the men, and he was always full of work, valuable ideas and suggestions. With his keenness and attractive character he could, of course do anything with the men, and he had a large share in making the battalion, the splendid fighting force it proved to be. No one was keener or more anxious to see service”. And a brother officer: “Brooke Taylor did the work of four men. His energy and fearlessness was an example to everyone”.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle for this information on Arthur.