St. John S. Taylor

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St. John S. Taylor

Post by Will » Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:46 am

I am researching Capt. St. John S. Taylor who in 1865 took his commission with the 11th Hussars. The officers of the 1st Lifeguards made him a gift of a cavalry sword etched "Presented to St. John Taylor by the Officers of The 1st Life Guards on His Receiving His Commission in The 11th Hussars as a Token of Respect and Esteem and in Appreciation of His Services, March 1865". Interestingly the sword has a Wilkinson proved disc but etched to Hawkes as the retailer.
I don't know what connection and status to the 1st LGds he had before becoming an 11th Hussars officer.
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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Will » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:05 am

Photos of blade etching
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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Chris A » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:37 pm

St.John Stewardson Taylor joined the 11th Hussars as a Cornet on the 20th December 1864 and was immediately appointed Adjutant. This seems rather unusual to appoint someone as Adjutant on their first day in the Army so perhaps he was a senior NCO in the Life Guards and finally got a commission and came well recommended.

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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by JordanPL » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:33 pm

Trying to find out for you Will:

Dublin Evening Mail - Tuesday 22 May 1866
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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by JordanPL » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:54 pm

Army and Navy Gazette - Saturday 24 July 1909
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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Will » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:00 pm

14 Sept 1866 he became a Lieut. and 11 Sept 1875 a Capt. and finally Maj in 1 Jan 1885. Interesting he is referred to as Mr. in May 1866

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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Will » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:01 pm

Thank-you Jordan that explains it all.

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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by JordanPL » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:15 pm

No problem Will, hope you are well? And well played with regards this sword!

Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service - Saturday 24 December 1864
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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Richard » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:43 pm

My grandfather was a St. John - I wonder if I’m related to the owner of your sword !

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Re: St. John S. Taylor

Post by Will » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:20 am

Richard it would be interesting to know that.

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