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Week 19: Service – Allan Fergus Taylor #52ancestors

May 2, 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 19: Service

ALLAN FERGUS TAYLOR was born on 20 September 1892 at Bundalong Victoria. His parents were JAMES LLOYD TAYLOR and EMILY LOUISA PEARCE. He enlisted in the Australia Defence Force in 1914 and had earned the Military Medal for bravery. I posted about his service at Gallipoli, Egypt and France here

After his discharge from the army Alan joined the NSW Police Force.


Shortly after Allan was discharged from the army, A few weeks later, he married JESSIE SELENA McKENZIE. They married at Lockhart NSW on 12 March, 1919

from: The Albury Banner & Wondonga Express NSW, Friday, 21 March 1919, page 7


(From Our Own Correspondent.)

Friday. March 14.

Considerable interest was evinced locally in the marriage of Captain Allan Taylor, M.C, to Miss Jessie McKenzie, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McKenzie, of Lockhart, which took place on Wednesday 12th inst., the celebrant being the Rev. Father Hanrahan. The bride was charmingly attired in a gown of ‘white crepe de chine, and was attended by her sister, Miss Alice McKenzie, as bridesmaid. Mr. Len McKenzie supported the bridegroom as best man. After the marriage ceremony, the party adjourned to the residence of the bride’s parents, where a substantial wedding breakfast was partaken of, and toasts incidental to the occasion honored. The happy couple afterwards motored to Wagga en route for Melbourne, where the honeymoon is being spent. Captain Taylor enlisted from Lockhart as a private in September 1914, and went right through the Gallipoli campaign. Later, as a lieutenant, he was drafted to France with the Australian reinforcements, and won his captaincy as a result of his tenacity and personal bravery whilst commanding a machine gun section. Congratulations and good wishes were expressed by a wide circle of friends, who wished the young people all happiness and prosperity in the future. The wedding presents numerous and costly.

Police Force

After coming home from the war, Allan joined the NSW police force. After surviving the war, he faced danger, when he attended a robber in a schoolhouse, and was shot. He survived the shooting as the bullet hit his rib.

From: The Argus, Melbourne 16 January, 1931, page 8




Chase Around Schoolhouse

Suspect Fires When Cornered.

COROWA (NSW) Thursday -While proceeding to his home at Balldale last evening Constable Taylor noticed a man acting in a suspicious manner at the house of the school teacher Mr J L Williams, who is absent on holidays. He chased the man to the rear of the house. In a shed the man drew a revolver and fired at the constable, the bullet striking him in the chest The man then made off. Constable Taylor was admitted to the Corowa Hospital where an operation was performed and the  bullet was recovered.
An attempt had been made to break into the house. Detective Sergeant Cleaver and Inspector Jeffrey of Albury, and Sergeant Morris and Constable Dennv of Corowa, are making inquiries. No clue has been found to identify the constables assailant Constable Taylor’s condition is not critical, the bullet having been deflected by one of his ribs



 from The Sun, Tuesday, September 26, 1972
TAYLOR: On September 25th at St. Vincents Hosptial, Allan Fergus, of 53 Abinger Street, Richmond. Dearly loved husband of Jessie Selina, loving father of Allan (dec), John (Peter), Patricia (Mrs. Forbes, Adelaide), Kenneth dec, and Margaret. Aged 80 years. Rest in Peace. For funeral arrangements see tomorrows paper.

from: The Sun, Wednesday, September 27 1972
Requiem mass for the repose of the soul of Mr. Allan Fergus Taylor, will be offered at St. Ignatius Church, Church Street Richmond today, Wednesday at 9.45am. The funeral will leave the church at conclusion of mass for the Fawkner Lawn Cemetary.
Herbert King and Sons, 42-1244

Family member and researcher Peter Toohey

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  1. Great story, I enjoyed reading about Allan’s life and service.

  2. Love the old pictures. Great, you can add them to the story. I often miss that part when I write about our ancestors. It always makes a difference when you can see the people you read about.

    • Jennifer Jones permalink

      I love the photos too. Unfortunately I don’t have as many as I’d like

  3. Really love your photos! So fortunate to have those. The wedding photo is beautiful! Thanks for sharing Allan’s story.

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