A-Z of Great War: Two war teenagers taken far too soon

Eileen Rosenburgh.
Eileen Rosenburgh.

This week our A-Z of the Great War reaches the letter Q and a story by EILEEN QUICK, 
formerly of Morecambe, of her visit to the grave of her great uncle.

Although now resident in Scotland, I still collect my Visitors which my newsagent saves for me on my regular trips to Morecambe and have much enjoyed reading the A-Z of the Great War articles.

This year my husband (my married name is Rosenburgh) and I walked some of the World War One battle fields of Northern Italy and Slovenia on an organised trip visiting numerous sites and cemeteries.

Part of the reason was to visit the grave of my great uncle, Harry Jackson, a Cumbrian farm boy, who served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the Asiago Plateau and died onMay 10 1918 aged 19.

Part of our research revealed the story of a young Morecambe resident buried in the same cemetery at Montecchio Precalcino.

He was 2nd Lt. Robert Fowler Taylor who died on June 22 1918 aged 25. Both young men were wounded in the fighting on the Asiago Plateau and died of wounds at the Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) at Montecchio Precalcino on the plains below.

2nd Lt Taylor was the surviving twin son of Prof. J.W. Taylor and Madame Taylor of either 1 or 4 Skipton Street (conflicting info) and worked in his father’s West End Pharmacy. Madame Taylor is recorded as being a palmist, perhaps appropriate for a seaside resort. We placed poppy crosses on they graves of both young men with the inscription ‘Remembered when he marched away. Remembered again today’.