Taylor, Lieutenant Albert Lawrence Deane
No 3 Sqn AFC
Albert Taylor came from Williamstown, Victoria, where he was born in 1896. He was an Architectural Draftsman, and a serving member of the Naval Reserve, when he enlisted in the 2nd Pioneer Battalion in Melbourne on 7 June 1916. Acting Corporal Taylor embarked on HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November. After arrival in the UK he underwent training before leaving for France in April 1917. He served with the Pioneers until he was evacuated to England due to illness in June, after which he applied for a transfer to the AFC in August. After completing observer training, he was commissioned in December 1917, and then promoted to Lieutenant in March 1918. He was posted to No 3 Sqn on the Western Front on 15 March.
On 21 April, he was flying with Capt E J Jones when they fought two Pfalz scouts over Albert for five minutes, and were credited with destroying one.
He was killed in action on 20 May 1918 while flying in RE8 B8876, flown by Capt E J Jones, who was wounded. The RE8 was on an artillery observation mission for a 6 inch howitzer battery when it was attacked by six Fokker Dr.Is. Capt Jones managed to bring the damaged aeroplane back to the squadron aerodrome at Abeele, where it crashed.
Lt A L D Taylor is buried in Grave II B 16 at Vignacourt British Cemetery, France.