Henry Taylor was born in Moore on 11 July 1872. He was baptised at All Saints’, Daresbury on 18 August that year. His parents were James Valentine, a gardener, and Elizabeth. Henry had four siblings – Annie b1862, Charles b1868, Samuel b1871 (who served with the Royal Engineers) and Elizabeth b1876. Sadly, his mother died before Henry was nine. The family lived at Canalside Cottages, Moore.
The 1891 census shows us that Henry was living at Moore Hall, where he was a groom for George Heron. On 13 October 1898, Henry married Jane E Grice at Cockshott, Shropshire. The 1901 and 1911 censuses record that he was a coachman at Moore Hall. The couple’s only daughter, Mary (Mollie) Theodora, was born in 1905.
Although Henry’s name appears on the Daresbury Roll of Honour, nothing has been found about his war service.
At some time, he moved from Moore Hall to Fairclough’s, flour merchants, in Warrington, where he was also employed as a coachman.
He later moved to Helsby where he continued to work for Fairclough’s. In 1939, Henry and Jane were living in Helsby, at 7 Britannia Gardens, where Henry was a general labourer at BICables.
Henry died in 1950, aged 77 years.