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Name: James TAYLOR
Casualty No.: Ranks: Fourth Engineer Officer Initials: J Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 28
Unit: MV San Arcadio (London), Merchant Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 2 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Engineer at Vickers Armstrong, Scotswood Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Saturday 31st January 1942
Place of Death: Atlantic Ocean
Battle/Campaign: Battle of the Atlantic.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial, London.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam; 31st January 1944.
Family Details:
Son of James and Sarah Jane Taylor, of 2 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Husband of Lilian Jean Taylor, of 2 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Brother: Albert. Sisters: Florence, Bessie, Polly, Nan. Nephew: Alan. Niece: Gwyneth.
Notes : James was an Old Blaydonian, Secondary schoolboy. He was well known in local junior football circles and was a member of Ryton Choir Boys Club. The MV San Arcadio was a crude oil carrying tanker sailing 150 miles East of New York when she was attacked by U 107. The U Boat fired one torpedo then surfaced and fired another; it then finished off the tanker with gun fire. James had managed to board a life raft but sadly was never seen again. Eleven days after the sinking of the tanker nine survivors were rescued by (VP74) when they were found adrift in a life raft.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Journal, 22nd July 1942.
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