World War One Roll of Honour



Corporal James Taylor
July 16, 1916
29th Battalion C.E.F. (Tobin's Tigers)
Service Number 75524. Original member of the 29th Battalion C.E.F.
Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Age 25
Son of Mrs. Taylor, 29 Cheyne St., Edinburgh, Scotland

A native of Scotland and another member of Chilliwack's local militia, James Taylor lived in Chilliwack for three years prior to the First World War. He previously served with a detachment of the 104th Regiment on home guard duty in Nanaimo and then enlisted with the 29th Battalion in Vancouver. His brother George Taylor, of Chilliwack, was a Company Sergeant Major with Vancouver's 231st Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada during the First World War.



Private John William Taylor
April 2, 1917
72nd Battalion C.E.F. (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada)
Service Number 130127. Original member of the 72nd Battalion C.E.F.
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, France. Age 22
Son of Alfred and Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Norwell, Notts, England.

"Willie" Taylor served in a cavalry unit, the 30th British Columbia Horse, prior to enlisting in the C.E.F. during the First World War. In Chilliwack, he worked for F.J. Hart & Co., until transferred to the Vancouver Branch office. Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Taylor received news that their son had died of his multiple wounds, received in February 1916, to his face, side and leg.

Private Taylor was born in Nottingham, England in 1895 and came to Chilliwack in 1907. He was a student at Chilliwack Public School and in June 1910 received the Governor's gold medal for "general proficiency in High School examinations." In memory of their son, the Taylors included a note in the Chilliwack Progress, April 10, 1919:

"Until the day breaks,
And the shadows flee away."


Private Henry John Tester
October 28, 1918
27th Battalion C.E.F.
Service Number 294515. Originally enlisted with th 223rd Battalion C.E.F.
Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France. Age 38
Son of George and Emily Tester, Dormansland, Sussex, England
Married, wife’s name unknown, Dormansland, Sussex, England

Tester joined the 223rd Battalion C.E.F. formed in Manitoba and known as the "Scandinavians". He was married and had two daughters named Nellie Louise and Alice Grace Tester. His wife pre-deceased him.


Captain Henry J. Tryon
September 15, 1916
15th Battalion, attached 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Thiepval Memorial, France. Age Unknown
Son of Mrs. R. Tryon, 13 Chesham Street, London, England

Lieutenant Henry Tryon was rescued by Corporal Alfred Drake also of the Rifle Brigade and a likeness of Tryon and Drake appeared in the Daily Mirror, Monday January 24, 1916. It was in this rescue attempt that Drake, who was killed, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. After Henry Tryon recovered from his wounds he returned to his former unit and was killed in action. A memorial service was held for Captain Tryon at St. John's Church, Sardis where he taught Sunday School for one year. Prior to the church being constructed, he taught Sunday School for seven years in the home of Mrs. I.C. Luca. A sanctuary chair was donated in his memory to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. His farm was located on Prest Road near Prairie Central. A local chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was named in his honour. He was a good friend of Arthur Wilson who was also killed during the war.



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