No.35037 Victor Barton Taylor
Victor Taylor was born in 1898 in Bruthen Victoria, a small town located alongside the Tambo River, between Bairnsdale and Ensay on the Great Alpine Road in East Gippsland, Victoria.
In 1914, Victor's parents Alexander William Taylor and Alice Ada Barton left Werribee due to his father's health reasons. They had lived in Werribee for 15 to 16 years.
His father, Alexander passed away on 28 September 1929 at the Camara Private Hospital, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Victor was one of four boys:
- George Cyril Percival Taylor – born 1890,
- Leslie Gordon Taylor – born 1892
- Norman Alexander Taylor – born 1894
- Victor Barton Taylor - born 1898
Leslie and Norman joined the Australian Infantry Forces in 1915, with Victor enlisting in 1917. His unit the, 11th Field Artillery Battery, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 November 1917.
The 11th Field Artillery Battery (Victoria) were formed in Melbourne on 23 September 1915 as part of the 4th Field Artillery Brigade. The original unit departed Melbourne on board the Wiltshire on the 18 November 1915.
Victor arrived Suez on 12 December 1917. From there he embarked from Alexandria on 18 December 1917, arriving at Southampton, England on 4 January 1918. He spent some time at Heytesbury, which was an Artillery training base on the edge of Salisbury plains.
On 1 April 1918, he proceeded overseas to Rouelles where he joined the Australian General Base Depot, Havre.
On 14 December 1918, he was admitted to Hospital with influenza in France. On 8 January 1919, he was discharged to Australian General Base Depot with debilitating Myalgia.
[Myalgia is the medical term for muscle pain. Muscle pain may arise due to injury or overexertion, infections of the soft tissues, or inflammatory conditions. A number of conditions can be associated with generalized aches and pain, such as influenza. Depending upon the cause, muscle pain can be mild or severe and debilitating.]
Victor spent some time at the 1st Australian Convalescent Depot and from there was sent to England for return to Australia. He embarked England on 9 February on board the Ascanius. Victor returned to Australia on 3 April 1919 and was discharged on 26 April 1919.
He worked in the National Bank at Leongatha, Victoria in 1929. The Australian Electoral Rolls have him listed as a bank official from 1924 at Warrnambool to 1931 at Leongatha. From 1934 he was the Bank Manager at Yallourn until 1937 when he was in Donald and then finally from 1949 until 1963 at Camberwell.
Victor married Kathleen Veronica Brady on 8 July 1927.
The Argus, 27 August 1927, p.13.
Kathleen passed away on 22 July 1961 in Cambrian Hill, Victoria. She was buried in Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery.
Electoral Rolls do not list him in Victoria after 1968, but have him listed at 4a Orana Road, Mona Vale New South Wales in the 1972 and the 1977 Electoral Rolls.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
National Archives of Australia
Australian Electoral Rolls