Plaque Giveaway Competition Winner

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Plaque Giveaway Competition Winner

We recently ran a competition giving away a plaque for a WW2 veteran to help commemorate the 80th Anniversary for the D-Day landing, the winner was Pte John Taylor. Here is his story, as told by his Grandson James Taylor:

I would like to nominate my Grandad, John Taylor for a WW2 veteran plaque on the Telford Veterans Trail. John grew up in Wolverhampton, he joined the Territorial Army (South Stafford Regiment) on 02-05-1939, he would later transfer to the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and serve throughout the war until 06-05-1946. He enlisted at age 18, which was 4 months before the start of the Second World War.

During his time in service my Grandad, John saw service in North Africa (Egypt), Italy, and then onto Germany as part of the BOAR, this is where he finished his Army career as a Private in 1946.

After the war John married my Grandmother - Gwyneth, they lived in Wedgewood Crescent, Ketley, Telford - until his death in 1982. They had 7 children (2 of which sadly passed young), his other five children still live in Telford, and although I have not told them I am nominating John, I know they would love to have a plaque to remember their dad and his service in Telford.

Grandad John is one (very important) part of the veteran story of the Taylor Family, which is closely linked to Staffordshire, Shropshire and Telford. My Great Grandad and Great, Great Uncle both served in the South Staffordshire Regiment in First World War, the great, great uncle of which was sadly killed during the Somme. And more recently, John's son (my uncle) Anthony Taylor served in the TA for many years and finished his TA career as Company Sergeant Major of B Company 5th Battalion Light Infantry (Shropshire Light Infantry) in Wellington, Telford. I am also an Army Reservist, and have been a Trooper at D Squadron (Shropshire Yeomanry) The Royal Yeomanry in Dawley Bank for 5 years.