Edward Harold Taylor was born at Bootle in 1897, the son of Henry Taylor and Margaret Jane (nee Paddock) who were married in the West Derby district in 1895. He had one sister, Violet Mary Muriel, who was born on the 17th December 1905.
 
1901 Census - 14 Cornwall Street, Bootle - Mother Margaret J Taylor and son Edward H Taylor. Visiting with them were Margaret mother, Mary J Paddock, and siblings John H, William E and Mary A V Paddock. Thomas Taylor was away from home.
 
1911 Census - 250 Gloucester Road, Bootle - Parents Henry and Margaret with children Edward Harold, Violet M M and sister in law Mary M N Paddock. Edward's parents had been married 15 years with 2 children born and still alive. Henry Penketh was the manager of the C.E.T.S. firewood factory.
 
Edward enlisted at Liverpool with the 'Liverpool Pals'. His service records have not survived but his medal card suggests that he was posted to the front with after January 1916. He was killed in action on the 30th July 1916.
 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
Edward's sister, Violet, married Eric Clucas Sykes at St.Mary's C.of E. Church, Burton-in-Wirral in 1932 and went on to have at least two daughters. She died at Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1994.
 
Edward's father died in Lincolnshire in 1948 and his mother died at 21 St.Alban's Road, Bootle, in 1960.
 
 
Edward went missing during the Battle of the Somme. A number of reports concerning him then appeared in the Bootle Times
 
BOOTLE CORPORAL MISSING.
   Lance-Corporal Edward Harold Taylor, 2nd Liverpool Pals, 19th Service Battalion K.L.R., No. 2 Company, No. 5 Platoon, has been reported missing since July 29th. He is the son of Bootle's highly-esteemed Police County Missioner. His relatives last heard from him about July 6th, when he wrote in a cheerful vein. Any information relative to Lance-Corporal Taylor will be gratefully received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, 88, Worcester-road, Bootle.

Bootle Times 18th August 1916

 
FATE OF BOOTLE COURT MISSIONER'S SON.
   We regret to learn that Lance-Corporal Edward Harold Taylor of the Liverpool "Pals," whose name was given in these columns last week as among the missing, is now reported to have been killed in action. Lance-Corporal Taylor was the son of the Bootle Police Court Missioner, Mr. H. Taylor, of Worcester-road, Bootle.
   The sad intelligence has evoked the deep sympathy of all who knew the bereaved family in private life, and Mr. Taylor in his official capacity as Police Court Missioner and Manager of the C.E.T.S. Labour Home.

Bootle Times 25th August 1916

 
LANCE-CORPL. E.H. TAYLOR.
   Official information has been received that Lance-Corporal E.H. Taylor, of the King's Liverpool Regiment, has been killed in action. He was 18 years of age and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Taylor, 88, Worcester-road, Bootle. He was educated at Christ Church Higher Grade School, Bootle Secondary School and St.George's College, London. He then entered the Civil service at the Customs and Excise Offices, London, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He went to France on Good Friday last, and was killed in July 30th.
   At the Police Court on Wednesday, Alderman Ascroft, who presided, made feeling reference to the loss which Mr. Taylor had sustained.
   Mr. A. Bicket, who associated himself fully with the Chairman's remarks said that ever since Mr. Taylor had come to that Court as Missioner he had earned the respect of all connected with it. Speaking personally, he could say that the news of Mr. Taylor's loss came upon him almost with the force of a loss in his own family. No one could tell how much it meant to parents who had lost their boys, but he would rather be in the position of Mr. Taylor who has given his best for King and country, than in the position of many people in Bootle and Liverpool who had done nothing and has used every endeavour to escape service.
   Mr. H. Sandiford (Clerk to the Justices) and Mr. J. Stewart (Chief Constable) added their expressions of sympathy.
   Mr. J.W. Wall. of behalf of the legal profession, paid a tribute to Mr. Taylor's work, and voiced the sympathy which was felt with him and his wife in their bereavement.
   Mr. Taylor made a brief but feeling response. It had been a great grief to his wife and himself to lose their son, for they had always looked forward with hope to the future of their young lad, but they thanked God they had had the courage to part with him, so that he might do his vest for his country.

Bootle Times 1st September 1916