Facts and Events
||Paul Farquharson Taylor
||4 July 1904
||Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States1054 Bergen St.
||21 Aug 1926
||Manhattan, New York, New York, United Statesto Rachel Brautman
||Bronx, New York, United States735 Gerard Ave.
with Rachel Brautman
||Little Falls, Passaic, New Jersey, United Stateswith Rachel Brautman
||Etobicoke, York, Ontario, Canada265 Markland Dr., Apt. 201
||Etobicoke, York, Ontario, CanadaEstimator, Atlas Paving Co.
||6 Jun 1982
||Etobicoke, York, Ontario, CanadaEtobicoke General Hospital
||9 Jun 1982
||Weston, York, Ontario, CanadaRiverside Crematorium
Physical Description and Medical History
From his WWII service records (at age 37), he was described as brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'10", 205 pounds, "a well developed man, rather overweight and apparently intelligent." Vision and hearing perfect, lungs and heart good. Tattoo on right arm, vaccination scar on left, appendectomy scar. He had an appendectomy in New York in 1922, and suffered a left-side hernia in 1939 after lifting a piano, which was successfully operated on. The previous operations were noted in a medical history for a right-side hernia operation he had in 1942 while in military service.
Paul completed high school. He did not attend college, but took a two-year business course in Accounting at the Pace Institute in New York City.
From Oct 1925 - Oct 1928, he served in the 102nd Cavalry, New Jersey National Guard.
In Nov 1941, eager to volunteer for the war effort, he went to Montreal to enlist in the Royal Canadian Artillery. After basic training in Huntingdon, Quebec, and gunnery training in Petawawa, Ontario, he shipped over to England in June 1942. He spent two years in England, mostly with the 3rd Medium Regiment, where he trained initially as an artillery storeman / clerk, and later as a meteorological observer. (The operation of weather balloons and other meteorological observations were critical to artillery operations, and were taken several times a day as close as possible to the gun locations.) In July 1944, he shipped to France where he served with the 18th and later 22nd Meteorological Sections through the end of the war in Europe. He was discharged in Oct 1945, with the rank of bombardier (the artillery equivalent of corporal), having earned the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, and the War Medal (1939-45).
Here is a map showing his movements while serving for the Royal Canadian Artillery in the European theater in WWII:
Paul in Toronto, about 1978
Paul in Manhattan, about 1925
Paul with his two young daughters
Paul with daughter, mother, and grandmother
Paul in 102nd Cavalry, NJ Nat'l Guard
Paul in NJ Nat'l Guard uniform
Paul with Rhea and baby Elayne
Operation Switchback, 11th Met Section, RCA
Paul (on right), about age 5, with brother Frank
Paul in Royal Canadian Artillery uniform
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Registration No. 028044, in Office of the Registrar General. Death Certificate, 8 June 1982, Primary quality.
Death certificate of Paul Taylor records his death on 6 June 1982 in Etobicoke General Hospital, having worked as an estimator for Atlas Paving, and having resided at 265 Markland Dr, Apt 201, in Etobicoke, Ontario. Born 4 July 1904 in New York, age 77, widowed of Rhea Brantman, son of Frank H. Taylor of New York and Elizabeth Sherratt of Canada. Reported by Newediuk Funeral Home, of 2104 Kipling Ave. Cremated at Riverside Crematorium, 1567 Royal York Rd.
Death certificate of Paul F. Taylor, 1982
- ↑ Cert #14045, in Brooklyn (New York). Department of Health. Brooklyn birth certificates, 1866-1909. (s.n.], 1944), 6 Jul 1904, Primary quality.
Information given on certificate: Paul Farquharson Taylor, male, white, born 4 Jul 1904 at 1054 Bergen St. Father: Frank Holt Taylor, of 1054 Bergen St., born in NY, age 37, shipping agent. Mother: Elizabeth S. Taylor, nee Elizabeth Sherratt, of 1054 Bergen St., born in Canada, age 30, no previous children.
Birth certificate of Paul F. Taylor, 1904
- United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625), Primary quality.
F.H. Taylor family, 1920 census, New Jersey
- United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623).
F.H. Taylor family, 1910 census, New Jersey
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Library and Archives Canada. Military service record of Paul F. Taylor., 1941-1948, Primary quality.
Copy of complete records requested by Tom Chatt, received July 2014. Includes enlistment attestation, service and casualty records, medical records.
- ↑ Province of Ontario Vital Statistics Death Registry advises there is a record in their office for Paul Taylor, date of death 6 Jun 1982, registration number 1982-05-028044.