Kilbride Parish Church War Memorial


Joseph Patterson Taylor

Date of Birth - 19th March 1883 (GRONI - reference number U/1883/5/1001/9/240)

Place of Birth - Springvale, Doagh

Date of enlistment - unknown

Place of enlistment - unknown

Address at time of enlistment - Brookfield, Doagh

Next of Kin - Frank Taylor (father)

Address of next of kin - Springvale, Doagh

Trade or Calling - cloth bleacher 

Service No. - 19956

Unit - 12th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Rank - Serjeant

Died – 13th July 1916

Place of Death – Military hospital in Prisoner of War Camp in Minden, northern Germany

Age at Death – 32

Buried - Hamburg cemetery, grave reference V.C.1

Commemorations - Ballyclare War Memorial and Kilbride Parish Church.

Marital status - unknown

Parents - Frank Taylor (born in England) and Margaret Taylor (née Patterson), Springvale, Doagh.  Frank Taylor was manager of Springvale Works and was church warden for many years.  Frank died suddenly on 26th January 1919.

Siblings - John, Thomas, (Joseph), Ellen and Margaret


Records Available

National Archives of Ireland Census Records

1901 - Walkmills, Kilbride

1911 - Walkmills, Kilbride

Joseph Taylor was recorded as being Presbyterian in both census records although his father, Francis, was Church of Ireland


International Committee of the Red Cross

Details below were taken from documents found on the International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland, Records of Prisoners of the First World War

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Document R12798 - translated from French

Death Notice

Soldier’s name -  Taylor, Joseph

12th Royal Irish Rifles, Serial Number 19956

Born - 19th March 1883 (date confirmed on GRONI - reference number U/1883/5/1001/9/240 - mother’s maiden name was Patterson)

Residence - Brookfield, Co. Antrim, Ireland

Father’s name and address - Frances Joseph Taylor, Springfield (sic)

Taken prisoner on 1st July 1916 at the Somme

Died 13th July 1916 at 11.00pm

Cause of death was tetanus following injury

Buried in the German cemetery called Minden “Minderheide”, Grave Number 143

The grave was marked with a wooden cross inscribed with his name to be able to find him later

No Succession

Taylor was visited by a minister

A handwritten note at the bottom of the document states that a copy in English was sent to the family on 27th July 1916.

Note – Minden is a town in northern Germany west of Hanover.


Document PA 5478 dated 29th July 1916

A list of prisoners of war

No 173 on the list

Family Name - Taylor

First Name - Joseph

Rank - Sergent

Regiment - 12th Royal Irish Rifles

Address - Brookfield

Place of Capture - Hamer

Location - Western Area of Operation


Document PA 5607 dated 5th August 1916 – translated from German

Central Certification Bureau - List of Deaths

Taylor, Josef - Serjent, 12th Royal Irish Rifles died on 13th July 1916 in the military hospital in Minden prison camp.  Tetanus.


Document PA 6484 dated 23rd September 1916

Central Certification Bureau - List of Deaths

Died on 13th July 1916 in the military hospital in Minden prison camp.  Buried in the Minderheide prison camp cemetery.


Document PA 6936 dated 14th November 1916 – translated from German

War Office - Central Certification Bureau - Military hospital of the Minden prison camp   

21st October 1916

Roll call list 15th October 1916 of buried British prisoners of war.

Taylor, Joseph Sergent, 12th Royal Irish Rifles, died 13th July 1916