Fonds RC0397 - John E.S. Taylor fonds

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John E.S. Taylor fonds

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  • 1914-1936 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records and graphic material

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John Emeric Stuart Taylor was born on 13 August in 1886 in Bridgenorth, Ontario. He spent his boyhood in Ontario graduating from high school in Peterborough. With his family he then moved to Saskatchewan where taught school and got his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

He joined the 214th Light Horse Regiment of Saskatchewan with the rank of Lieutenant in 1916. However, he went overseas as unattached officer, and by then a married man. Once there he served as a Musketry Officer with an unnamed regiment and then as Assistant Adjutant at a Canadian Discharge Depot. While in England he was joined by his wife Elva who became pregnant with their first child. On 14 September 1917 he arrived in France, attached to a newly organized brigade of the Canadian Corps with the purpose of constructing and maintaining railways behind the lines. He saw both the battlefields of Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. After the war ended the brigade was ordered to prepare the railways in advance of Canadian troops en route to Bonn, Germany. Taylor did not return to Canada until May 1919. He resumed his law career, practising first in Windsor and later in St. Catharines. He also spent time in Northern Ontario during the Gold Rush.

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The fonds consists of two pocket diaries kept by Taylor in 1917 and 1919. There are also three bound typescripts of his autobiography, “Nothing but the Truth”, one of which has some photographs. The photographs include: two taken in Saskatchewan (p. 51); three from his university days (pp. 57, 61, 63) and one of his wife and infant son in England (p.96). He wrote his autobiography several years after his second marriage in 1965. It is dedicated to his grandchildren. Two of the volumes are similar in content and cover his life from boyhood to his return from World War I. The third volume, a typescript carbon, also describes his life after his return to Canada.

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Fonds (17-2008) was acquired from Alexander Books in May 2008.


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