Robert was born in Wolverhampton in 1886, the son of Henry and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1901, they were living at Nursery Walk, Tettenhall, along with Robert’s brothers Edwin and Thomas Edward. He was taught at Tettenhall Church of England School, and later worked in Rochdale for Messrs. Potter.
Robert enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of theSouth Staffordshire Regiment (number 7198), and became a Lance Corporal. He disembarked on 27 August 1914. Shortly after “a famous battle”, he was wounded and came home on sick leave. He returned to the front, but was killed in action on 1 July 1916. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 12 May 1917. He is buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France, and is featured on the war memorial at St Michael and All Angels Church in Tettenhall.