Taylor, Harold Harker


He was the second son of John Taylor of Kilmore, Torquay and one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom fell on Talana Hill, during the Boer War, on 20th October 1899. He came to Winchester from Mr Podmore’s school at Grange-over-Sands and afterwards spent three years in Gemany studying the language. In 1900 he went out to China to join the firm of Frazer & Co in Shanghai. He received the China medal for his services at Tientsin during the Boxer Rebellion and in later years travelled extensively around Manchuria, drawing up a report on the possible development of the cotton industry there.

In 1917 he volunteered his services in the Chinese Labour Corps and in April of that year left for Europe with 2000 Chinese labourers. His intimate knowledge of China and the Chinese proved of great value in this work, and he was placed in command of three camps. He was killed during an air raid on 10th August 1918 while getting his men to safety.

He married in 1901 Miss Ann Harley of County Clare, and left one daughter.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Taylor
  • Forenames or initials: Harold Harker
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1889-1893
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Chinese Labour Corps
  • Date of Birth: 14th March 1877
  • Date of Death: 10th August 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE: Grave IV. E. 9.