William Maddox Taylor was born in Wolverhampton in 1887, the son of William N. and Mary Elizabeth Taylor. In 1901, they were living at 26 Green Lane, together with William’s brothers Alfred and James, and sister Mary. The 13-year-old William was an errand boy. He married Sarah J. Gittos in 1917. They moved to 13 Evans Street, Whitmore Reans.
In 1907, William enlisted with the army, and over the course of his service served for three years in China. He became a Corporal with the Royal Garrison Artillery (number 27562). He was killed instantaneously while in action on 23 September 1917. The Midland Counties Express featured him on 20 October 1917, and he is commemorated at the Coxyde Military Cemetery in Belgium. He also appears on the St John’s Church War Memorial.