A Letter from the War Office

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2005

Letter to John Taylor from the War Office

John Taylor (my grandfather) received this letter informing him that T.K.Taylor (his son, my father) had been wounded in action on 25th July, 1944. My father was in the 6th Battalion Green Howards - part of the allied armies landings in Normandy on D-Day, 6th June, 1944. He kept a daily diary of his war experiences from 6th June through to 11th December (against army rules). He was not seriously wounded.

Related article: Kenneth Taylor's War Diary.

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Posted by stephen potter

August 23rd, 2009 at 11:58

just read your fathers war diary can't tell you how much this means to me as i lost my father on saturday 22 august 2009. His name was fred potter sometimes known to his army mates as gilly potter. He served in the same regiment as your father and could not remember many facts and figures of where he whent in the war so when I stumbled upon your fathers diary I was astonished to see an entry that reads POTTER lost two fingers this was my DAD. He did in fact lose one finger but for the rest of His life had shrapnel in the finger next to it and under battle conditons your father would of thougt He lost them both. thanks for publishing this as i can now trace where my father was.
p.s my father was a signaler and at 96 could still remember morse code.

Posted by Patrick

August 23rd, 2009 at 17:38

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He certainly lived to a ripe old age. Thank you for getting in touch.

I mentioned your message to my father (91) and he said the name 'Potter' is familiar and that it makes sense because your father was a signaller, and my father's platoon contained signallers. He also said how pleasing it is that his war diary means something to somebody.

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