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Taylor, Arthur

Town : Freshwater
Regiment : Royal Artillery
Landed in Normandy : Juno Beach
Arthur Taylor, of Freshwater, was a 17-year-old herdsman on a farm at Freshwater when he volunteered for the army in January 1944. After six weeks' training at Peebles in Scotland he opted for the Royal Artillery and another four weeks intensive training at Larkhill on 25lb field guns. Came D-Day and three or four weeks later he was embarking at Tilbury with reinforcements urgently needed for the battle of Caen where the gunners were taking a hammering. He landed on Juno Beach en route for Caen with 151 Field Regiment - part of the 11 th Armoured Division. After Caen his unit pushed on without firing a shot until they reached the Rhine crossing where they were again in action. With the end of the war Arthur returned to the UK. for embarkation leave before sailing from Tilbury to Port Said in Egypt. From there he moved to Salonika in Greece where his unit provided guard at a camp for German prisoners of war. Arthur' s military service ended with his return to farming at Freshwater under the B Release Scheme. He married the farmer's granddaughter and they still live at Freshwater , although Arthur is now retired after 50 years as a herdsman at the same farm. He served as a standard bearer for the Island branch of the Normandy Veterans until ill health forced him to relinquish that role.
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