Other names: Hugh Leslie
Locations in this story: Compton, HampshireShaftesbury, DorsetCheltenham, GloucestershireCirencester, GloucestershireChelmsford, EssexRunwell, Essex
Story: Hugh Leslie Taylor was born on 2 Jan 1896 in Compton, Hampshire, the son of Albert and Emma Taylor. He lived his early life in Hampshire and attended at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, for some of his education. On leaving school in 1910 he obtained employment in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, as a Shop Assistant with a soft furnishing firm. He joined the 1st/4th Regiment of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 203296). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Margaret Jane Payne in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 17 Apr, 1922. His death was recorded at the Chelmsford, Essex, Registry on 18 Aug 1969 and he was later buried at St. Mary's Church, Runwell, Essex, on 26 Aug 1969.