Taylor, Raymond William

August 19, 1942 will long be remembered in Brantford as a day when tragic news reached many homes after the long casualty list was filed by cable following the fateful raid on Dieppe. Pte. Raymond William Taylor, whose wife and two children, Albert and John, reside at 115 St. Paul Ave., was among those Canadians who crossed the English Channel on a summer day to keep a rendezvous with death. Pte. Taylor and his companions had little chance against the fierce barrage that greeted them as they attempted to land on French soil. Born in Brantford, the son of Mrs. S. Taylor, 30 Lawrence St., and the late Mr. Taylor, Raymond was educated at Dufferin and Victoria Schools and later at the Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. As a boy, he attended Grace Church and, after his marriage, Central Presbyterian Church. His leisure interest was amateur photography. His only job was at Harding Carpets Limited, which he held until he enlisted in March, 1940. Only 19 years old when he joined the army, Pte. Taylor marked his 22nd birthday six days before his death. With the same enthusiasm he had for all his activities, he enjoyed army life and took keen pleasure in the excellent comradeship he found there. He had trained at Hamilton and Camp Borden before departing for England.

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