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Week 16: Air #52ancestors

April 18, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks.

I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 16: Air

FREDERICK LLOYD TAYLOR 1901 – 1964 Royal Australian Air Force No. 118246. Rank: LAC Leading Aircraftman

FREDERICK LLOYD TAYLOR was born on 13 April 1901 at Yarrawonga. His parents CHARLES LLOYD TAYLOR and ANNIE SARAH SMITH had 13 children. Frederick was the 10th child and when he was born, his oldest sibling, Arthur, was 21 years old.

On 31 October 1928, at age 27, Frederick married OLIVE HILDA CHAPMAN DICKINS. Frederick and Olive settled at Redesdale after their marriage.

In September 1942, at age 41 years and 4 months, Frederick enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force. At the time, he and Olive had one child, a six year old daughter, named Shirley. He was employed at the time as a butcher and grocer by F. Roberts & Co, Redesdale.

Frederick was trained as a fitter and driver, completing a 12 week course at Ultimo. Before enlisting, he had done training with the Mia Mia Volunteer Defence Corp. On enlistment, Frederick applied to enlist as a DMT (Driver Motor Transport), stating he had 18 years experience as a ‘driver of buses and cars of different makes’ and having held the appropriate licences over that time. He also stated experience with tractors.

The results of his trade test to qualify him as a Driver Motor Transport, showed Frederick to have ‘good general engine operational knowledge, care and maintenance. Good driving experience’. Road sense, handling and driving ability were assessed to be very fair with a 60% pass, qualifying him as a DMT. Fredericks pay during his time in the RAAF was 9 shillings per day. His wife received 4/6d per day plus an allowance of 3 shillings per day for their child.

Personal Details

Following are Frederick Taylor’s personal information at the time of enlistement:
Height: 5 feet 9 3/4inches
Weight: 154 lbs
Chest Measurement: 36, expanded 39 inches
Vision: 6/9 Right eye 6/9 left eye
Complexion: Medium
Eyes: Blue
Hair Colour: Medium/dark
Religion: Presbyterian
Wounds, scars or marks: Scars on Right and Left Patella. Scars on Right Tibia
Education: Merit Standard


(as stated on his defence service records)

” sober, honest and bears the highest of characters”.

‘This man has had considerable experience in truck driving and is well spoken of by all who know him.’

Frederick Taylor died in 1964 at Kyneton, Victoria.


Marriage Certificate: 10243/1928
Defence Service Record: AIF 118243
WW11 Nomical Roll


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