This photo of Stanley Taylor was sent to me by his daughter, Barbara Chapman. Written on the back of the photo is this information:
TAYLOR. STANLEY. L/BDR 1555824.
P.G. 59. PM. 3300
MRS. M.A.E. TAYLOR.
81 ASTBURY ROAD. QUEENS ROAD.
PECKHAM, LONDON. S.E. 15.
I exchanged several e-mails with Barbara Chapman of Worcester, England, last month.
“Please find attached a photograph of my father, Lance Bombadier Stanley Ernest Taylor, 1555827, Royal Artillery, along with the reverse giving his POW details. My Dad died in June 1973, and all I have are photographs which he’d kept of my Mum and some taken in Africa prior to his capture. However, on the back of these photographs, all rather faded, are details of his capture and also a brief diary. I have to admit for a while I thought it was a shopping list, until I looked closely and realised there were dates, etc.
“Dad’s records from the Ministry of Defence state he was a POW in Italian hands from December 29, 1941 to November 2, 1944.”