|Laura and Allen Taylor|
So this is all that I know about him:
- His father was a market gardener, skilled at growing vegetables, and his mother was a midwife
- he was born at South Ecklin in 1902
- when he was 12 years old his oldest brother, David, was killed in action in France
- another brother served as a soldier in WW1 as well
- he married Laura Hancock in 1926 and his son Roy was born the same year
- in the 1930s he lived the western suburbs of Melbourne and worked as an assembler
- his younger brother George, who also lived in the western suburbs, was killed accidentally in 1934
- when he was 37 years old he enlisted in the army in WW2, serving as a sapper in the Middle East and Asia
- his son, Roy, also enlisted, in 1945
- after the war he lived at Red Cliffs near Mildura and worked as a foreman shed hand in some sort of fruit industry.
The photo of Allen and Laura in their garden is just about the only one I have of them and I quite like that it shows a playful side to his character. Laura has a fork in her hand and someone has tucked a dahlia under Allen's singlet. Allen looks very fit and strong. Who was the photographer I wonder?
This is the only other photo I have. It's Allen, in his army uniform, with his father Henry and his son Roy. Roy looks quite young so I think it must have been taken in about 1939.
|Three generations. Roy, Henry and Allen Taylor, c1939.|
Maybe sometime a Taylor relative will read this blog and fill me in with more details about this branch of my family's tree.
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