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Grave of Rorke's Drift defender
Alan
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JamesTaylor 25B/82 LanceSergeant

Tim Needham is currently arranging for a new headstone to be erected over the
unmarked grave of Rorke's Drift defender LSgt James Taylor 2/24th at Trefnant
churchyard near Denbigh, north Wales. A local company - Vale of Clwyd
Memorials - have very kindly agreed to provide a headstone free of charge.

Although a date hasn't yet been confirmed for the rededication, it is hoped that
it will be Saturday 15th June (to be confirmed).


The area but the cross shown has since disappeared.

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Alan
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I now realise Iíve been there before unsuccessfully looking for the grave.
The vicar didnít know where it was and even thought he was a VC.

On the B5428 Google maps:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.2231323,-3.423865,3a,90y,288.47h,85.32t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sV3itJkocGbu1bZwF3L4F8Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
(copy and paste the whole and it gives a streetview)

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The date has been confirmed as the 15th.of June at 11.00.

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Image of James Taylor and the grave after the dedication service on 15th. June.


(Image supplied by Tim Needham)


Last edited by Alan on Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:51 pm; edited 2 times in total

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The rededication ceremony took place at 1100am on Saturday 15th June &
commenced with a service inside Holy Trinity Church, Trefnant, led by the
rector Revd Colin Mansley, and included a short talk on Lance Sergeant
Taylor's life & career by Mr Graham Mason., as well as the Regimental Collect
of the South Wales Borderers.

On completion, the service moved outside to the churchyard and those
present were led by the Goat Major & Regimental Mascot of the Royal Welsh
to the graveside; the ceremony then continued with the act of dedication
itself.

After the Exhortation, given by the Chairman of the Royal British Legion North
Wales District, the Union Flag was lifted from the new headstone by the
great granddaughter and great great granddaughter of James Taylor, before
members of the 1879 Group fired three volleys over the grave. The Last Post
& Reveille were then sounded by Sgt Bowden of the Royal Welsh Band.

Wreathes were then laid by:

HM Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd
Chairman of Denbighshire County Council
The Family of LSgt Taylor
D Company 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh
The Royal Marines
The Royal British Legion
Royal Welch Fusiliers/Royal Welsh Comrades Association
SSAFA
Help For Heroes
Army Cadet Force

The service then concluded with the Regimental Collect of the Royal Welsh.




Thanks to Tim Needham, Drum Major, Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth, for all his efforts

The event was extremely successful, but could not have happened without the absolutely
outstanding generosity of Vale of Clwyd Memorials, who donated, inscribed & erected the headstone.


Ceremony photos by John Baxendale

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Very well done, Tim et al. (and the firm who provided the headstone FOC)

Great to see this chap is now suitably commemorated in his final resting place.

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